White Paper | September 17, 2007

Document Management: Defining The Business Case For Healthcare

Source: KeyMark Inc.

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Article: Healthcare Document Management

Used with permission from Integrated Solutions magazine

Regulatory compliance is not the only reason to implement document management solutions in healthcare — there are many business benefits to be gained.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) place increasing pressure on healthcare organizations to store and appropriately manage documents and other types of information. These controls require a wide range of healthcare documents to be kept for specified periods and also impose strict data disposal processes. They also establish restrictions over access to patient documents and information. For example, leaving a patient record unsecured on a reception counter can be a violation and subject the organization to significant HIPAA fines.

While regulatory compliance is important to healthcare organizations, the need for compliance has not resulted in a rush to implement document management solutions. Since the regulations don't require conversion to, or use of, electronic systems, there has not been a scramble for adoption of document management systems. Many enterprises have tried to work the privacy and security rules into their existing workflows while seeking to minimize business disruptions. So why should healthcare professionals consider moving to a document management system? Four industry experts tell us there are plenty of good reasons to install document management solutions — while satisfying compliance requirements.

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