State by State
I worked for a filing system company somewhere between 90-95 and we were looking into what has now become document management systems and the elusive quest for the paperless office. Anyway at that time, certain states held that a copy of any document was not court permissible. I'd guess that's changed some since then. I'd still be cautious in making too many assumptions without being 100% certain especially in a HIPAA or otherwise regulated environment.
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