Apr 19, 2024

One aspect of patient care that has changed dramatically throughout our history is patient record keeping. A note from the hospital’s history mentions that in 1969 the Medical Records Department began microfilming records to save filing space.

For those who may be too young to remember, microfilm (like that shown in the photo above) was created by using a micro-camera to condense information onto a small piece of plastic film, which was then viewed through a device that magnified it.

Even with such technology, our storage of patient records filled large rooms before we switched to digital records in 2011.

Today, our Health Information Management Team has a smaller footprint than they did in years past, but their work is just as critical. This team oversees the proper use and protection of patient records, ensuring patients’ information is safe and available when care is needed.