In with the Old?
Physician practices that implement EHR systems have decisions to make on managing their old paper records. Will they bring some forward into the EHR and keep others in storage? Will entire records be brought forward or just selected information? How will records be added to the system—via scanning, data entry? Practices must manage the integrity of all data during the conversion to the new system, and they require workflows and policies for managing any legacy records that they choose to keep in paper form.
A new, web-only article in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge offers guidance on these issues. See “Managing Existing Patient Records in the Transition to EHRs in Physician Practices.”