ChristmanWK1 - Record Purging

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Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Professor Hazel HHSM/Research Week 1 24 April 2010 Describe the two methods of purging records and the advantages and disadvantages of each. As important as medical records are to an individual’s health and diagnostic well being, it can become a mundane collection of irrelevant documents over time, especially when these records merely records minor visits for seasonal colds, checkups or recurring treatments. Thus, after a set period of time, records may be purged from a patient’s file in an effort to condense the volume of paperwork. The guidelines as to what may be purged vary based on federal laws, state laws and internal policies, yet the acceptable procedures are few and detailed. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) advises that media should be shredded by the cross-cut method, burnt, pulped or pulverized (Macios 20); while the San Diego Medical Society accepts only incineration or shredding (Dixon et al). Dr. Baum advises
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