Health Information Management

Understand e-discovery and what it means for you

Health Information Compliance Insider, July 1, 2008

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Facilities that don’t know exactly where their PHI resides are less prepared to defend against civil lawsuits than they probably imagine.

Several December 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which governs the civil litigation process in U.S. federal courts, require litigants to preserve and produce electronic information, so PHI management is becoming more complicated and more important than ever before. “This is a challenge for everyone,” says Greg Freemyer, chief technical officer of The Norcross (GA) Group. “There is more to do and less time to do it.”

Understanding the electronic discovery amendments and how they affect you is the first step toward being prepared in the event of a lawsuit.

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