Re: How Many
Joyce Weems, Pathology Manager, Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta asks:
>>How many of you keep paper copies of your pathology reports - forever?<<
Speaking purely as a "consumer" of old pathology records, I think they should
be kept forever, since I fairly often have recourse to quite old ones -
patients do live a long time. I don't think it's practical to keep the paper
records, and I think they should be put on microfilm - or better microfiche -
after a few years.
What I don't understand is whether these old film media are still available,
and whether it can get done right - that is, every record readable. - Right
now we're in a transitional period where the price of filming old records
onto digital media (CD-ROM's and such) is falling very rapidly, and it will
soon meet the price of microfilming. I distrust the permanence, both physical
and computational, of the new digital media. Microfilm is practically
indestructible, and there'll always be a way to read it.
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