NY/NJ VA Health Care Network
Health Information Management Service (HIMS)
Release of Information
The Release of Information Section processes requests for health information. The requests are processed in the order they are received to ensure that the requests are completed in accordance with federal regulations, policies and procedures.
A Consolidated Health Record (CHR) is created and maintained for every individual that is treated or assessed within the Medical Center. There is a medical record that documents the diagnosis and treatment of the patient, and an administrative record.
Consolidated Health Records are retained in the VA Health Care Facility until three years after the last episode of care. There after, records are inactivated and shipped to a Retirement Center and maintained for 75 years.
Other functions of the HIMS Department include:
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