Develop plan for lawful management of data

Narvid, Leila
September 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Sep2007, Vol. 29 Issue 9, p104
Health care providers have a duty to preserve electronic communications, such as e-mail, that may be pertinent to litigation. When faced with a malpractice lawsuit or action by a regulatory body, it is imperative that you have a plan of action regarding how to preserve those data. • Failure to preserve data can result in stiff penalties. • Risk managers should develop a "litigation hold" plan that facilitates the efficient preservation of data. • Make sure information protected by attorney-client privilege is clearly marked. INSET: 6 tips for ensuring lawful data retention.


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