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A 40-year-old member asked:

you have noticed several times that patient records are misfiled. how do you handle this situation?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Uncommon: Misfiling of records is a function of human error and does occur on occasion. Generally the records will be found in time but not always. This is handled, after suitable apologies, by re-starting a new record. This is likely to occur less often as electronic records become more widespread although they have significant problems of their own.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the maximum time hospitals keep patient records from the last visit of something serious?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Varies...: ...State by state and by age of the patient. In new york, it's the age of 23 or 2 years after the last visit, whichever comes later.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the value of electronic patient records? Looks like expensive and less private to me.

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Multiple answers: The theory is that an emr improves care by allowing doctors to more accurately keep track of your medical conditions. Security of any computerized system will always be a concern. Personally speaking only, despite being quite computer literate, they slow me down terribly. They are in their early infancy in my personal opinion and have a long way to grow.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I find patient records from cross county hospital in yonkers, ny?

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Dr. Thomas Riney
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Medical records: Call for a release of information form, fill it out, fax it back.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Sticky issue: This is a huge question. On one hand, online records can be transmitted quickly when medically needed. This could save a life. On the other hand, this quick transmission can also allow breaches of privacy that are potentially painful, embarrassing, and invasive. Balancing these things is precarious! electronic records seems to be where we're going, so we need safeguards to do it well.

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