RE: Archiving request forms

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One consideration with electronic media is that you have to make the effort
to keep up with the technology. That means you will need to transfer your
data to new technology as it comes along so you always have access to it. 

At a previous hospital we micro-filmed all our old reports and paperwork. We
had an in-house facility for that and, on request, they could look things up
for us and fax a copy within 30 minutes. You may need to get a microfiche
reader/printer otherwise. The microfiche reader/printer we had access to
gave excellent results. It worked really well and I'd recommend it.

Tim Morken, BA, EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology Activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333

PH: 404-639-3964
FAX: 404-639-3043


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Almond []
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2000 9:30 AM
Subject: Archiving request forms

I am currently investigating the pros and cons of reducing space occupied
by paper. This involves archiving a vast number of request forms and would
value the advice of anyone out there who has taken the plunge and survived
in this way. Microfilming comes over as the cheaper option but we would
much prefer the convenience of CD-ROM technology (if it and the hardware
required will stand the test of time!)
Any suggestions,  indexing strategies (which incurs most of the expense),
critical do's and don'ts would be appreciated.

Jim Almond
Histopathology Dept.
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
United Kingdom

Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust
Histology Dept
Tel: +44 (0) 1743 261168  Fax: +44 (0) 1743 355963

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