Why PDF-centric Medical Record Retention Makes Sense?
The most impressionable aspect of incorporating the PDF system of saving and accessing an individual’s clinical information (medical records/ health records) is that it does not require time-consuming integration within the existing method of working. Healthcare organizations can feel assured about the fact that PDF Healthcare does not represent any conceivable operational difficulties in terms of forcing them to adapt to new technologies. Further, there is absolutely no requirement to gain knowledge of complex computerization skills. In fact, the PDF mode of saving/updating a patient’s health information is perhaps the fastest and easiest way of accessing medical information even on a daily-usage basis.
Adaptability Associated with PDF Healthcare
Nearly every healthcare facility and insurance firm faces a very perceptible predicament concerning choosing a medium of medical record retention. Irrespective of the kind of information, whether administrative, clinical or financial, or the source of information, be it the PCP or the referring physician, documents saved in the PDF format constitute a sensible choice that has multiple advantages but no operational demands or usage cost. Moreover, the PDF format is inherently easy-to-view and searching for any particular kind of information is uncomplicated. Healthcare professionals can simply select the pages they believe are of use in the short or the long-term and print them. It is worth highlighting that PDF documents have been found to meet the benchmarks of patient information safety that are explained under HIPAA privacy regulations.
Even if the PDF document-receiving healthcare provider isn't at the healthcare facility and even if he doesn't have immediate access to a computer, the PDF document can still be printed using common contemporary applications like a smart-phone. Whereas, in cases of the receiving facility already using electronic health records, the XML data from the PDF file is accessed and systematically incorporated in the existing EHR database.
PDF Healthcare does not depend upon Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Sometimes, it becomes mandatory to communicate medical data in the form of scanned images or recent test reports to various physician offices. Considering the slow progress that has been made in the upgrade to EHR, there is a high probability that many of the healthcare facilities to which this information is being communicated may not be EHR-functional, i.e. they don’t use electronic health records. This is where the amazing convenience offered by PDF-filed medical information comes to the fore — even in non-EHR facilities, the PDF documents can be viewed or simply printed on paper.