September 21, 2023
U.S. office-based physicians who use EHRs
Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 2021
According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, since 2008, the percent of U.S. office-based physicians that use an electronic health record (EHR) more than doubled.
As of 2021, 88 percent of American office-based physicians adopted an EHR; that’s up from 42 percent in 2008. And while going digital has certainly enhanced accessibility, boosted productivity and improved patient care, it has also raised concerns with data security and safeguarding patient health information (PHI) beyond retirement.
A custodian of records bears the responsibility of safeguarding records for the duration they are required to be protected, according to law. In the case of medical records, aside from maintaining the integrity of the files, a records custodian must protect the privacy of the individual according to HIPAA standards.
Like many professional records management and document storage companies, Shoreline Records Management can assist medical practices in preparing for retirement or closure by providing a range of services that help ensure a smooth transition and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. As a Medical Records Custodian, Shoreline offers a four-step process to securely maintain physical and electronic files in accordance with applicable guidelines.
Four Steps to Peace of Mind
Shoreline guarantees database security both while retaining records and at the time of destruction, per HIPAA protocols. Shoreline understands the responsibility of delivering medical records services safely, efficiently, and timely to all authorized parties and will ensure you can rest at ease in your retirement. Here’s what to expect:
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Shoreline Records Management can help you maintain, secure, release, and destroy your patient’s medical records. We provide the best possible continuing care for your patients in compliance with world-class standards so you can have peace of mind as you move to the next step of your life.