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Old 01-28-2012, 07:24 AM   #61
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I wonder whether conversion to electronic would save them money in the long run?

The mailed records have still not shown up, so they will be mailed again.
Perhaps. For all the reasons stated thus far, electronic conversion is superior. Maybe the best reason is legibility. From a study I read, medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease and the number one cause of medical errors is poor handwriting/ records. If that is true, then at least indirectly, electronic records should be cheaper. I believe patients think the transition is worth it, even if it ends up costing them twenty bucks/year.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:33 AM   #62
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Lost and with all your personal info all over them.
I don't think there is a privacy argument involving electronic vs. written. Both have pitfalls, but I would lean in favor of written records on this issue. My office encourages patients to pick up their records. I also have a few patients who ask for a running copy of their records each time they come in and we are happy to oblige.
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