Perceptive Software, Inc., Creates Efficiencies for Anderson Hospital
Released on = December 29, 2004, 2:06 pm
Press Release Author = Perceptive Software
Industry = Software
Press Release Summary = Community Hospital Uses ImageNow® To Extend Existing System
in Medical Records and Admissions Departments
Press Release Body = SHAWNEE, KANSAS — (22 Feb 2004) Many of today's community
hospitals view paper as a necessary evil. Often, the perception of a large financial
investment and technical complexity causes smaller organizations to shy away from an
electronic patient folder endeavor.
But Anderson Hospital, a 139-bed community hospital located in Maryville, Ill., with
a primary service area population of 100,000, proves to be an exception. The
hospital began its initiative with an enterprise-wide investment in a health
information system (HIS). A solid foundation in place, Anderson soon looked to
extend the HIS capabilities with a cost-effective document imaging solution that
would integrate with an existing system while maintaining the individual integrity
of the application.
In ImageNow®, Anderson found a document imaging solution that integrates directly
with the hospital's system to capture discharge summaries electronically, index them
by patient and store them within a central, secure repository. Medical Records was
the first Anderson department to implement ImageNow.
"ImageNow allows us to archive the discharge summary electronically then reproduce
it at any point in the future," said Scott Ellner, clinical analyst at Anderson
Hospital. "Now we don't have to store it in a paper format, and we can print on
demand when a copy is needed."
Not only was convenience a huge driver for Anderson's document imaging initiative,
storage space was a looming cost, which hospital administration wanted to avoid.
"Prior to ImageNow, we faced the inevitability of constructing a new building to
house paper documents," said Ellner. "The State of Illinois does not recognize an
electronic record as a legal record, so we still had to produce and store a paper
record. Recently, many healthcare facilities in Illinois have said as long as the
organization can produce a paper version (from an electronically stored record),
they are covered in case of a legal event in the future."
ImageNow has helped Anderson become part of this consortium on the leading edge of
healthcare technology, and at the same time, eliminated the facility's dependence on
physical storage. "We certainly don't anticipate the need for another storage
building (with ImageNow), and that's a nice cost-saver," said Ellner.
From Medical Records, Anderson leveraged the ImageNow system into the Admissions
area. When a patient arrives, all paperwork — insurance card, consent forms, face
sheets and HIPAA documentation — is scanned into ImageNow at the point of service
and linked by the admissions clerk to the patient's electronic medical record. This
opens the lines of communication and generates greater efficiency hospitalwide.
"Once patient information is scanned and linked in ImageNow, our billing office,
coders and other authorized personnel have immediate, electronic access to that
information instead of having to await the arrival of paper documents," said Ellner.
With a single click, ImageNow allows staff to view patient information in
conjunction with any application screen, facilitating a more accurate, streamlined
About Perceptive Software
Founded in 1988, Perceptive Software, Inc., offers document imaging, management and
workflow software solutions that simplify document management processes by
delivering secure, digitized versions of paper and other electronic documents while
leveraging existing business applications. Companies in a broad range of industries
worldwide have taken advantage of ImageNow, Perceptive Software's flagship software
ImageNow is a registered trademark of Perceptive Software, Inc. Other product or
company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
To request product information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about ImageNow, go to http:www.imagenow.com
Web Site = http://www.imagenow.com
Contact Details = Perceptive Software, Inc.
7734 Hedge Lane Terrace
Shawnee, KS 66227
Tel +1 800 941 7460
Fax +1 913 422 3820
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