"The thing I hate about the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is my name is always there for instant recall, even if I've surrendered by care to another physician."
"Why's that?" I asked, naively.
"Well, once I was subpoenaed in a malpractice case that occurred in 2006. I last saw the patient in question in 2002. But because the lawyers asked for a copy of the medical record, the entire dump of the patient's record was provided. The lawyers took note of every treating physician in this patient's care, irrespective of treating date, and filed subpoenas for 'discovery depositions.' I had to hire a lawyer, respond, and was later released from the case, but not after significant financial and emotional anguish."
"Sheesh. I had no idea it could get that bad...", I said.
"Yep. I just wish there was a statute of limitations about how far back a lawyer could ask for a medical record to avoid these fishing expeditions..."