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Dr. Kim Callwood
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Patient Records (Overview)

Patient records include forms, paperwork, printouts of lab tests, and physician notes related to a particular patient.


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Describe the importance of data protection and the access to patient records?

Describe the importance of data protection and the access to patient records?

Privacy: Patients medical information should be strictly between themselves and their doctors. Some allowance should be made for sharing with other doctors involved in their care. Currently the government and insurance companies have open access. The issue of data privacy is person but would be obvious for patients with mental illness, AIDS, and any condition embarrassing to themselves. ...Read more

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Dr. Kim Callwood
39 doctors shared insights

Patient Records (Overview)

Patient records include forms, paperwork, printouts of lab tests, and physician notes related to a particular patient.


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

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. ...Read more

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Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long does optometrist have to keep patient records?

How long does optometrist have to keep patient records?

Generally 7 years: Medical practioners such as ophthalmologists have to keep records for seven years legally although many are kept longer for patients continuing in their practice. Optometrists are not medical doctors although they probably have the same set of rules. ...Read more

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How long do florida optometrist have to keep patient records?

How long do florida optometrist have to keep patient records?

Seven years: Medical practioners such as ophthalmologists have to keep records for seven years legally although many are kept longer for patients continuing in their practice. Optometrists are not medical doctors although they probably have the same set of rules. ...Read more

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

Medical records: Call for a release of information form, fill it out, fax it back. ...Read more

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

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

Inconclusive: The use of electronic records (EHR) is still in evolution. Some think they are more expensive and subtract from They definitely are subject to outside intervention and so are less private - especially since insurance companies and the government have unlimited access to them . They are definitely more expensive. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more