For eight years, medical malpractice claims in which the use of electronic health records contributed to patient injury have been on the rise. Of those injuries that occurred, in 7 percent or more of claims, adverse reaction to a medication and death were by far the most prevalent in electronic health records-related claims.
A former risk manager for one of the largest hospital systems in Florida, Dawn Grace-Jones has seen it all. Her experience led the licensed attorney and registered nurse to embark on a mission to help healthcare providers increase their knowledge about the use of electronic health records and avoid litigation. South Florida healthcare professionals can learn from Grace-Jones firsthand at a free Continuing Education Unit presentation, sponsored by the Black Nurses Association Miami Chapter. The class starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Jessie Trice Corporate Office, 5607 NW 27 Ave., Miami.
Dawn Grace-Jones has been a passionate advocate for people in need for over 30 years. Grace-Jones’ professional life began as an intensive care nurse before she went on to serve as an assistant city attorney in Miami litigating worker’s comp cases. Today, she is a published author and educator who teaches nurses and other medical professionals how to effectively identify some common mistakes made within the electronic health records to reduce legal liabilities and avoid litigation. She is an adjunct professor at the Florida A&M University School of Nursing.
Healthcare professionals who have read her book, “Electronic Health Record: Document Properly – Avoid Litigation” or heard Grace-Jones speak have described being “blown away by the level of awareness” and “enlightened” by the information she reveals.
“The Black Nurses Association is very proud to offer a platform for Dawn Grace-Jones to share her knowledge with our members. Her unique experience and perspective helps to prepare nurses to tackle their day to day interactions with EHR effectively to avoid the common issues that can lead to legal consequences,” says BNA President Patrise Tyson.