ity to store increasing volume over time can be a significant expense. The file size also affects system capabilities
and requirements for downloading and viewing.
x Technology and media obsolescence. Central storage of
nontext data is critical for the management of information from outdated systems and media. There are many
approaches offered by storage vendors to ensure safe, replicated storage, both locally and remotely. Software compatibility, both inside the practice and with potential vendors, needs to be evaluated to ensure the nontext data are
continually available, retrievable, and reproducible. ¢
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Anita Archer, CPC
Lisa Campbell, PhD, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-H
Janice Crocker, MSA, RHIA, CCS, CHP, FAHIMA
Angela K. Dinh, MHA, RHIA, CHPS
Elisa Kogan, MS, MHA, CCS-P
Jennifer Miller, MHIS, RHIA
Diana Warner, MS, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Cecilia Backman, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ
Jill Clark, MBA, RHIA
Joan Croft, RHIT
Julie Dooling, RHIT
Lisa R. Fink, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ
William Lee Ford, MHA, RHIT, CPC, CPC-H, CHC
Marta Kennedy, RN, BS, CPC, MCMC
Priscilla Komara, MBA, RHIA
Carol Liebner, RHIT, CCS
Jean MacDonnell, RHIA
Jennifer McCollum, RHIA, CCS
Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
Cathy L. Price, RHIT
Laura J. Rizzo, MHA, RHIA
Lance Smith, RHIT, CCS-P, CHC
Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, CPEHR
The information contained in this practice brief reflects the consensus opinion of the professionals who developed it. It has not been validated through scientific research.