An increasing amount of attention is being focused on Personal Health Records (PHRs), and how these relate to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Australia, for example, has set a goal for every citizen to have a PHR by 2012. With a myriad of terms being used...Continue
How long should medical records be retained, whether on paper or electronically? Does keeping records indefinitely increase one’s exposure to liability? These questions have occasionally arisen, and deserve commentary.
For a medical practice, an EMR is a central, vitally-important system – once paper charts have been abandoned, the EMR system must be completely reliable. If it goes down, conducting ordinary business is extremely difficult. Thus, identifying potential points of failure and implementing safeguards to...Continue
One of the strategic issues facing medical practices that are moving from paper charts into an EMR is the question of what to do about old paper chart information. Should there be an exhaustive attempt to scan all the old charts and import them into...Continue