After being in practice for 30 years, I am a big fan of being paperless whenever possible. Otherwise, I think I’d be at risk by now of being buried by cartons of old files and other records. But if you’re going to go paperless, you must back up!
First of all, we have a professional responsibility to keep our client records, and that is literally part of the standard of care. Licensing boards don’t want to hear that your hard drive crashed and you lost the patient records. Secondly, for our own peace of mind, we need to know that our data is safe from equipment error.
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