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The paper crisis: from hospitals to medical practices.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of medical practice management : MPM
Publication Date
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
234–236
Identifiers
PMID: 19288647
Source
Medline

Abstract

Hospitals, not unlike physician practices, are faced with an increasing burden of managing piles of hard copy documents including insurance forms, requests for information, and advance directives. Healthcare organizations are moving to transform paper-based forms and documents into digitized files in order to save time and money and to have those documents available at a moment's notice. The cost of these document management/imaging systems can be easily justified with the significant savings of resources realized from the implementation of these systems. This article illustrates the enormity of the "paper problem" in healthcare and outlines just a few of the required processes that could be improved with the use of automated document management/imaging systems.

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