Patient and College Record Retention and Destruction Program

Tiered Storage for Medical Records and Electronic Messages


How long should an organization retain e-data? What is a wise policy for purging e-records? East Carolina University reports how it addressed these questions for electronic mail, patient records and security videos.

The enterprise retains those three classes of data in a dedicated archival system (more than just normal production records and backup).

East Carolina retains e-mail of executive school administrators seven years, then deletes it. In my experience, seven years is the traditionally-recognized time for responsible retention of important financial records.

The state university chooses to keep e-mail of faculty and staff for three years.

It saves digital security videos [continue reading]

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