Sample Healthcare Paper on Medical Records

Medical records

Question 1: What do you think of California Senate Bill 1415? Do you think patients should be made aware of an organization’s record retention period, although this has not been industry practice? Why or why not?   

From a critical point of view, it can be argued that the greatness of California Senate Bill 1415 is based on it addressing concerns that patients might have over the power that they have over their health records. Patients should be made aware of the record retention period of a healthcare organization because it is a way through which they can be aware of how long they can rely on the organizations to provide health records whenever it is needed. Notifying patients on when their records might be destroyed is a way through which healthcare organizations can make sure that they are not liable for any damages that might result from the destruction of patients’ health records (Agyeman, Binfoh & Lakhawat, 2018). Notably, with an awareness of the period that it takes before patient records are destroyed might be enough reason for patients to make sure that they have copies of the said records for future use.

Question 2: A patient requested a copy of their health record and learned that it has been destroyed. The patient complains to the state health department because they were not notified that their record would be destroyed. What response would you expect from the state health department?

Based on the nature of the complaint that was made by the patient, the state health department should compel the organization to change its policies regarding the destruction of patient records and the information of the patients on when their records would be destroyed.

Question 3: Do you believe healthcare facilities should destroy health records? Justify your choice?

I do believe that healthcare providers should not destroy health records. The availability of a patient’s health records always plays an important role in making decisions on the most appropriate healthcare processes that they should go through (Evans, Evans & Price, 2018). Having access to the health history of a patient is among the primary reasons as to why health records are kept. With the advancement of technology relating to record-keeping, such as cloud computing, is an implication that organizations have the ability to keep more data for longer than they could before.



Agyeman, C. M., Binfoh, K. A., & Lakhawat, P. S. (2018). Assessing the Dimensions of Hospital Records (Medical Records) in delivering quality of service to patients. PharmaTutor, 6(8), 1-8.

Evans, L., Evans, N., & Price, J. (2018). Challenges for Effective Information Management in Hospitals: Perspectives of Junior Doctors. In ECMLG 2018 14th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (p. 54). Academic Conferences and publishing limited.