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Pre-Fall cleaning - medical record discard

                                                               August 27, 2014
Question:

Jennifer,

I have a great deal of charts and no storage. Can I scan them and then discard them?
 
Thanks,

Dr. G


Answer:

Absolutely!  Go at it.  You are not required to maintain an original record; a scanned electronic record meets the requirement.  So, feel free.  

There are certain circumstances I can think of where it may be useful to have an original, for instance, any scenario where you are looking to prove originality - possibly through dating the ink or confirming, etc.   However, the likelihood of that need arising is minimal.    

   


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