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Paper Records versus Electronic Health Records

By Richard J. Rymond to EMR/EHR

Description

Paper Records versus Electronic Health Records

Join us for Part VII of our latest Healthcare Matters series, Patient Records Requests: What You Need to Know, as we ask attorney Richard J. Rymond of Reminger Co., LPA, to talk about the difference between paper records and electronic health records. Mr. Rymond is the Dental Liability Practice Co-Chair at Reminger, and an assistant professor at the Case School of Dental Medicine. He is a frequent speaker on risk management programs for physicians, dentists and allied health professionals.

To see the full episode from the beginning, click here. Or, use the links below to watch each portion separately.

  1. The Right Response to a Records Request
  2. How to Respond to a Records Request from a Third Party
  3. Original Records or Copies: What to Provide
  4. Should You Review Records before Providing Them?
  5. Consulting with Colleagues on a Records Request
  6. Records Requests from Patients Who Owe for Services
  7. Paper Records versus Electronic Health Records
  8. The Number One Takeaway for Physicians on Records Requests
  9. Patient Records Requests: What You Need to Know

Transcript

Mike Matray: The United States healthcare system has spent the last several years migrating from paper records to electronic medical records. Is there a difference between how one should treat an electronic medical record as opposed to a traditional paper record?

Richard Rymond: Well, there’s absolutely no difference. When a patient requests the complete chart, the patient is entitled to the complete chart no matter what form it’s in, whether it’s a handwritten health history form that appears in a paper chart, an electronic health history form that appears in a digital chart, the patient is entitled to the complete chart. Sometimes I know with some of the electronic records systems there’s different buttons that can be pushed that might result in a different print out of what’s being produced, and the short answer though is that everything needs to be produced. When in doubt, again, consult with your attorney, consult with your insurance carrier.