Question by  Viral (6)

When should the patient be notified of purging of archaic or inaccurate information?

I know there are legal requirements concerning medical records.


Answer by  patti (29325)

If the information is no longer applicable or inaccurate, the patient doesn't need to be advised that files are being purged. If the info is inapplicable and/or inaccurate, it would not be called up for use by the patient or be required of other healthcare professionals, and as such, the only requirement is proper disposal.

posted by Anonymous
this answer is not correct. see the AMA opinion 5.07 which states that a patient and doctor should be notified before and after purging of archaic or inaccurate data  add a comment

Answer by  romanguy (233)

Laws pertaining to medical records exist mainly to protect patient privacy, however they belong to the doctors office or hospital that is keeping them and it is up to them to decide how long to keep or not keep them.


Answer by  Xerxes187 (15)

A patient should be notified of purging of information, when the medical information is old and not important to the patients current medical condition. In the place where I work we have old records that have been closed, because none of it would shed light to the patients current condition.


Answer by  JBear (184)

There is no reason that a patient not receive a copy of any information that the hospital feels is now archaic. As for inaccurate information it should depend on importance.

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