Entries by Elie Maalouf

Electronic Health Records from a Doctor’s Perspective

In a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “What Your Doctor Isn’t Allowed to Tell You,” Dr. John Levinson, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, explained why “many doctors consider [electronic health records] a pain in the neck,” highlighting the issues with electronic health records (EHR) and the obstacles precluding the […]

Violation! An Examination of Ex Parte Communications in the Context of Medical Negligence Cases in New Hampshire

By Nick E. Abramson and Elie A. Maalouf[1] December 2017 I. Introduction: Despite clear law to the contrary, defense counsel in medical malpractice cases continue to engage in unauthorized ex parte communications with the plaintiff’s nonparty treating physicians.  In fact, in a recent medical malpractice case, defense counsel casually mentioned during the deposition of a […]

Hospital Patients Less Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest During Hospital “Off-Hours,” Study Reveals

A new study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that hospital patients who suffer cardiac arrest on nights and weekends are less likely to survive than those who experience a cardiac event on weekdays. Roughly 200,000 Americans are affected by in-hospital cardiac arrest (ICHA) and this number continues to rise. […]

Opioid-Related Lawsuits Lead the Way in Medication Error Malpractice, New Report Finds

Medication errors are the fourth most common reason for medical malpractice claims, according to a new report published by the medical professional liability insurance company, Coverys. More specifically, events involving opioids accounted for 24% of medication error lawsuits, the highest percentage of medication-related claims.   These statistics are particularly troubling in light of the opioid […]