In a recent speech, President Obama called for all U.S. residents to have electronic health records within five years. If implemented, this would affect storage and storage management in several areas, including increasing demand for storage at medical offices from small to large, converting existing data on paper, ensuring the privacy of the data, as well as that standard data formats allow sharing of data between providers, and increasing requirements for records retention. While many of these issues are potential fodder for this column, I'll start with retention.