Duties of the Risk Management department relating to patient records
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In health care settings the medical records department is charged with the collection, security, maintenance, and general safe keeping of the medical records in the facility. This is a hefty task especially since the advent of electronic databases. Medical records departments must work closely with the information technology staff to accomplish the goal.
Risk managers and the risk management staff attempt to limit the liability and legal exposure of the facility. Risk management personnel investigate people and processes that are deemed to increase the risk of the institution. They also investigate sentinel or major events that occur within the facility to determine root cause and formulate an action plan to rectify the situation.
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