We all know that Mayo Clinic was one of the forerunners and got started early with electronic medical records, but how about all those files before everything went electronic?  There’s a lot of them and Mayo uses the information to supply imageinformation to doctors and research firms as needed. There are 3 floors dedicated to the archives.  Privacy is strictly adhered and the oldest record goes back to 1907.

The ETV system is interesting as it’s an “electronic train” that sends the records to locations who are authorized to have access.  So far there are no plans to digitize the records and common sense will tell you that this would be a huge and expensive project by all means.  The system reminds me of the old pneumatic tube systems that were around years ago, but this is a bit more sophisticated and around 600 files are pulled daily.  You can watch the video by clicking here to go to the news story.  BD


(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Mayo Clinic was resented awarded the highest rating possible for its "electronic" medical record system. The system allows doctors to access patient information almost anywhere, including on their i-phones and i-pads. Mayo still keeps "paper" records as well, but you may be dumbfounded at just how many.

Behind this secure door is something that's hard to imagine unless you see it with your own eyes.

"We have 7 million paper files... each file of course is assigned to a patient," says Lynn Loosbrock.

The reason Mayo keeps the paper records is primarily for research. The 12 employees who work in the archive department pull nearly 600 files each day and then deliver them to doctors and researchers throughout the Rochester campus, but they never have to leave the archives. Instead they use something called an ETV system.

KAALtv.com - Mayo Clinic's 7 Million Secrets


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