Paperwork is one of the biggest bug bears across the medical industry, with the amount of time it takes often said to reduce the time caregivers are able to dedicate to their patients.
However, a number of image capture softwares are now available, offering the potential to dramatically cut down on form-filling time. The market already has a number of notable big players, with companies such as ABBYY, and PSIGEN making roads into the healthcare industry.
So could you incorporate these or similar technologies into your organisation or personal practice?
Here are six things to consider when selecting the tech to help you go paperless:
How secure is it?
Dealing with confidential patient records, you need to be 100% certain this technology is secure. Make sure you read the company’s security policy carefully before signing up.
Will it be accepted by your colleagues?
Having the technology is great, but it won’t help if you’re not able to share the documents as required. Check the system is compatible with any technology or systems your peers and colleagues currently use.
How easy is it to use?
Technology is great, but a common problem is that it actually makes life more complicated. Test any image capture software thoroughly to make sure you’ll have no problem applying it in the field.
Is the functionality correct?
Again, technology is no good if it does not perform all the functions you need it to. Write a thorough list of all the functions you’ll need and check it off before purchase.
Is the company sustainable?
Tech companies come and go overnight. If you’re going to be using a system to store patient records, do your due diligence to make sure they are going to be around for the long term.
Is it cost effective?
Before you sign up, check the payment plna and do your sums to make sure you’ll actually be getting value for money. Sure, you might be saving time, but will the paperless office come at too high a cost?