EMR Begins with Document Imaging

Author(s): Kristina Blazevski

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Motivated by a series of government mandates and the promise of a quick ROI, many hospitals have made serious efforts to move away from paper-based recordkeeping. With government mandates like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in the US, many more hospitals are moving to embrace Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technology. For healthcare organizations that have yet to go digital, the first step towards deploying an EMR system is document imaging. Adopt a coherent document imaging strategy to ensure the ongoing competitiveness of the organization.

Traditional Business Drivers

Info-Tech has discovered that although the pressure of long mandated government regulations for patient records like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has moved some healthcare organizations to employ EMR, the initial driver behind document imaging adoption in most North American hospitals has actually come from the Finance department. Finance groups within healthcare organizations, tasked with manually handling thousands of paper documents each day, have been the strongest supporters of EMR technologies.

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