One advantage to electronic medical records that doesn't come up very often: they are easy to move. In Massachusetts, an entire practice-worth of patient records are about to be trashed because no one (including the state medical society) can afford to store or move them, the Boston Globe reported today. The papers were thrown into limbo when the doc in question didn't renew his license and was evicted from his office.
It may be a hassle to get to a paperless system, but at least it's not so much trouble when it's time to get rid of stuff. Between the move to electronic recordkeeping and the demise of American consumerism, it must be a depressing time for self-storage businesses.