30 Apr 2013

Hospitals moving to electronic records, putting hard copies in storage

With numerous hospitals and healthcare aficionados turning to the digital storage of confidential patient records, hard copies of the past are becoming increasingly antiquated by the day.

But that doesn't mean hard copies are going away – especially for those in the medical industry.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires Medicare-managed program providers to retain records for 10 years. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has also affected the record-holding policies for those changing over to Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

So while hospitals and physician practices look to free up office space by going to an EHR system, those hard copies still need to be stored somewhere. Thus, many in the health industry are storing confidential patient records in secure storage units.

As the world grows digital, many are turning to online storage for their documents. However, it's always a good idea to have physical backups. Jiffy Self Storage is a leader in Toronto storage and can provide plenty of space for important files and other items. Those interested in learning more should visit Jiffy's website, where they can enter to win a free iPad 3.

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