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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Physical Safeguard Requirements

In the old days (you remember—those prior to the turn of the millennium), most of our sensitive medical records were on paper and stored in the basement of the medical center in rooms where only staff members had access. When a patient had an appointment or came into the emergency room, a staff member had to request the paper record for the clinical staff to review. The doors had locks and perhaps access codes, and the room had sprinklers and fire extinguishers—but then every other room in the medical center also had those.

In today’s medical centers most of those old paper records may still be there, but they may have been scanned into the electronic records systems in use at the medical center and are rarely ...

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