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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Medical Record Analysis and Review – a Professional Approach Is Indispensable

The medical records required for litigation purposes in cases such as medical malpractice, and personal injury and Workers’ Compensation claims can be voluminous. Analyzing and reviewing them is a gargantuan effort that may prove too difficult to an untrained person. So, is medical record review a big deal? Surely, it is. It is a process … Continue reading Medical Record Analysis and Review – a Professional Approach Is Indispensable

A Central Repository for Healthcare Information – Some Practical Concerns

How safe is a central storage system for patient medical records? This thought must surely be doing the rounds in the minds of physicians and patients alike. The U.S. government’s efforts to establish improved safety and connectivity for patient healthcare information by 2015 naturally require a central storehouse to safely store all patient data. The … Continue reading A Central Repository for Healthcare Information – Some Practical Concerns

The Big Question of Medical Record Retention

Irrespective of the fact whether the medical records are paper or electronic, patient records have to be retained. But how long do you need to retain these medical records? The question becomes more significant considering the fact that the patients or their lawyers may at a much later stage demand the medical records for use … Continue reading The Big Question of Medical Record Retention

Incomplete and Aberrant Medical Records – a Serious Concern

Medical records being vital with regard to provision of appropriate patient care, and also with regard to their use in medical litigation have to complete in all respects. When submitted for medical record review, inconsistencies and errors in the medical records pose serious issues. Such erratic medical records have always remained a big problem for … Continue reading Incomplete and Aberrant Medical Records – a Serious Concern

Medical Records in Litigation – Importance of Proper Organization and Analysis

Medical record review is an important process for attorneys involved in medical litigation. In fact, organizing the records is the first step in the process of understanding the case. You have to ensure that all relevant medical records are available. These include admission charts, emergency room records, operative reports, nurses’ notes, progress notes, physicians’ orders, … Continue reading Medical Records in Litigation – Importance of Proper Organization and Analysis

Ensuring More Access to Psychiatric Records – The Question of “Privacy”

Psychiatric illnesses have always been stigmatized, which is the major reason no one wants to publicize this personal malady. Usually, a patient’s psychiatric records are kept separate from the other medical records. However, not allowing all treating doctors unhindered access to the patient’s medical records is a dangerous practice. The threat is reinforced if the … Continue reading Ensuring More Access to Psychiatric Records – The Question of “Privacy”

How Serious Are You about HIPAA Compliance?

Frequent reports of the apparently careless handling of patient medical records raise questions about the HIPAA compliance of some healthcare providers. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was introduced to protect sensitive patient data, and any entity that handles PHI (protected health information) has to make sure that the most stringent security measures are … Continue reading How Serious Are You about HIPAA Compliance?

EHRs and Automatic Improvement in Quality of Care – Will it Remain a Myth?

Is the automatic improvement in quality of care touted by the proponents of electronic health records a myth? Apart from improved care, the new system was also supposed to bring in remarkable cost savings as well as enhanced efficiency and accuracy. However, studies made in this regard show that various other factors have to be … Continue reading EHRs and Automatic Improvement in Quality of Care – Will it Remain a Myth?

Treading on Slippery Ground – How Safe Are Your Patient Medical Records?

Confidentiality is paramount in the medical scenario. But are healthcare providers careful enough? Disturbing news about patient data leak and breach of confidentiality are likely to seriously affect patients’ attitude towards care givers. A recent court settlement in a Suffolk Superior court has brought to light the unpardonable practices some agencies indulge in just to … Continue reading Treading on Slippery Ground – How Safe Are Your Patient Medical Records?