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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

Wrestling with regulations

For decades, data storage at the average health care institution was low tech: Stacks of file folder-stuffed boxes were tucked away in some out-of-the-way rooms. Over time, the logistics of dealing with the accumulated volume of patient records, even in microfiche format--as well as a not-so-gentle nudge from the federal government in the form of HIPAA--propelled health data into the digital age. Compounding the storage problem are medical technology advances like MRIs, as well as a growing number of network connections to pharmacies, other health care organizations and physicians. Add in the fact that HIPAA requires some patient records to be accessible for up to 21 years. Then throw in dramatically increased requirements for security and patient confidentiality, and it all adds up to a recipe for a health care storage emergency. HIPAA raises the bar Whether by direct order or inference, there's no denying that HIPAA has upped the storage ante for health care providers. For example, the Commonwealth Health Corp., Bowling Green,...

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