We recently reviewed the question of putting medical data in the Internet “cloud” from the standpoint of safety (guarding against loss of data), and of security (guarding against theft of data). The discussion was a general overview of the issues involved in paper vs. local...Continue
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
“Computerized Physician Order Entry” (CPOE) has become a bit of a buzz-word in Heath IT circles, stemming from a focus on this in the emerging national Health IT policy. One of the areas of “meaningful use” described in the health IT Meaningful Use Matrix encourages...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.