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May 28, 1938

TRANSFERRING CASE RECORDS TO FILM SOLVES STORAGE PROBLEM: SIXTEEN THOUSAND RECORDS STORED WHERE TWO HUNDRED WERE STORED BEFORE

Author Affiliations

Chicago Chief Medical Statistician and Medical Librarian, Cook County Hospital

JAMA. 1938;110(22):1863-1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790220017047
Abstract

In the comprehensive program of improvement and modernization now going forward at Cook County Hospital, the transferring of case records to film in the medical record room is attracting considerable interest.

Every hospital sooner or later is faced with the problem of finding space for the steadily expanding file of patients' histories. Cook County Hospital is no exception to the rule, since 50,000, 60,000 and now 70,000 new histories must be accommodated annually. Four basement rooms, in addition to the record room proper, proved to be inadequate and unsatisfactory. Histories damaged by dust and humidity from overhead water pipes or grown fragile with age were destroyed to make room for the constant stream of new histories. The medical staff, recognizing the need for permanent storage of records, talked of constructing a building for the voluminous files. The adoption of a film storage plan dramatically changed the entire picture.

The transfer

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