Hospital and Physicians: Rhode Island requires that both hospitals and private practices keep records for five (5) years after the patient is discharged.
In the case of minor patients, hospitals must keep records for five (5) years after the patient turns 18.
Physicians must retain all medical records for seven (7) years.
31-5-41 R.I. CODE R. § 11.0
31-4-18 R.I. CODE R. § 27.0