Electronic Medical Records and E-Discovery: With New Technology Come New Challenges

by Jeffrey L. Masor

Electronic medical records have created new challenges for lawyers because all of the digitized information is printed on reams of paper during discovery. This makes the record both voluminous and difficult to interpret. This Note examines potential solutions that would allow lawyers to view electronic medical records in a digital format while preserving patient privacy. Two solutions are explored: 1) accessing the electronic medical record remotely by adapting tools that are already in place for doctors to remotely access patient records and 2) detailing a method to export an electronic medical record to a common, interoperable format.