Medical Record Storage

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Document imaging and digitized file archiving are especially ideal when it comes to medical record storage. More so than other client or customer files, patient records traditionally tend to be quite bulky. Between x-rays, copious nurse and provider observation notes, lab results, CT scans, and the like, hard copy medical record storage takes a great deal of storage space.

Electronic information management systems go a far way to resolving this problem. Think about the closing scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the carefully crated Ark of the Covenant (stamped TOP SECRET in large letters), is fork lifted into a vast warehouse filled with endless rows and stacks of identical cases. To say that digital archives are considerably more accessible than conventional medical record storage files is something of an understatement.

The fact is, the health industry is facing more crises than one. Access to medical records is both necessary and time-consuming, not to mention inconvenient and quite costly. Furthermore, without ready access to patient records, medical errors are possible. The fact is, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Institute of Medicine data, medical error ranked in 2001 as the eighth leading cause of death in the United States--a figure higher than for breast cancer, auto accidents, and AIDS.

Medical Record Storage Solutions

All medical data, of course, cannot be rendered digitally. The bulk--standard patient files and medical records, x-rays, cine films, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI scans, pathology slides, for example--can be, however. Outsourcing medical resources to specialists in the field for conversion to electronic format and file archiving and retrieval makes perfect sense.

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