Below is the link to an article from Heartwire. A doctor in Maryland was convicted for doing unnecessary stent procedures. He had given up his hospital priveleges years earlier, because of "visual impairment." In reality, evidence showed he performed stents which were not indicated, created medical records to support his actions, and then billed for the procedures that were not needed. As a medical malpractice attorney representing patients in Pennsylvania, I have seen medical records that just didn’t look right. Where this doctor may not have been hip to the tracking in computer systems and was caught in his web of untruths and unethical behavior, it is very possible that today’s doctors will learn how to use the systems in place at their institutions to cover their tracks. This is all the more reason that courts need to be shown how important discovery into metadata and audit trails is today, and will continue to be in the future.
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