A new resource gives physical therapists and other health care providers explanations of key terms and provisions used in contracts with EHR technology developers.
The new EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides an overview of commonly used contract provisions and technical insight. The guide defines and explains such terms as "indemnification and hold harmless," "limitation of liability," and "termination and wind down," which ONC says can help providers choose an appropriate EHR system and help protect practices from safety risks that may arise from EHR adoption.
The guide notes, however, that it is not legal advice, and it's wise to have an experienced attorney review the terms of any specific contract and situation.
More resources are available on APTA's EHR webpage.
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