Integration Of Scanned Charts Into An EMR System

With the Stimulus Bill incentives engaging a lot of attention, Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are increasingly being adopted by healthcare professionals and medical facilities. The electronic format of filing Patient Health Information requires converting the paper records into scanned images to be integrated within the chosen EHR software. In this process, Scanning of the healthcare records, such as medical charts, into PDF files means that the image is incorporated into the EMR software and can be accessed with just a few clicks of the mouse. Many EHR vendors are providing customized solutions for hospitals, clinics and doctors for making this transition to electronic patient records an easier one. There are still some concerns regarding the quality of services extended by EMR vendors. The market is still evolving with no clear favorites that can be defined as the ‘ideal’ EMR solution providers.

As a result, many healthcare facilities are increasingly contracting various EMR service providers for short intervals to test their ability to comply with the quality benchmarks. This creates the need for scanned images to be incorporated among various EMR softwares. Thus, many scanning service providers have made their service format an adjustable one, i.e. images that are compatible across a wide array of EMR softwares. This ensures that the end-user (the physician) is provided a straightforward, integrated system that displays all the required medical information. Most contemporary scanning services are flawless, affordable and are specifically catered towards the EMR-based document management system.

Automated Scanning Technique — many scanning service providers have introduced an automated system wherein an unmanned process continuously indexes and files images. This is particularly useful for practices where the patient numbers tend to remain high. Here, the usual process of inserting a scanned image into the EMR system is negated and the time consumed during electronic filing is remarkably reduced. Irrespective of the nature of EMR being used, the conventional manual process of scanning a document is replaced by a single-button, back filing function. Just once click and the entire process, including the scanning, indexing, filing and systematic recording of patient records is completed within seconds with no personnel vigilance. Thus, it also helps to save operational costs.