Robbie Trower, healthcare sector specialist and channel sales manager at Kodak Alaris explores how transforming records management enables healthcare providers to deliver more personalised and integrated services, resulting in better patient outcomes

The implementation of electronic medical records is playing a pivotal role in ensuring a patient-centric approach to healthcare delivery. EMRs provide real-time access to patient information and enable seamless collaboration across different departments and specialities, empowering clinicians to make informed decisions, improve the patient experience, and ultimately achieve better outcomes.

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Data chaos is most rampant at the threshold between physical and digital documents, which makes effective information capture, via a combination of scanners, software and services, vital. With a long legacy of providing sophisticated solutions across all sectors, Kodak Alaris is well-positioned to help healthcare providers digitally transform by bringing best practices from other markets into the healthcare sector.

Better care, fewer mistakes and greater productivity

Digitising the vast volume of healthcare records and storing them in an electronic format streamlines slow time-intensive manual processes and gets crucial patient information to the point of care automatically. The ability to instantly access a patient’s entire medical history from a single point leads to better care, fewer mistakes, and greater productivity.

The cost savings associated with removing paper can be significant, enabling healthcare facilities to focus on innovation, growth, and the future. Electronic storage is not only cheaper than the paper equivalent, but it’s also much more accessible and more secure. It puts an end to paper records being stored in a central storage area, with people wasting valuable time trying to retrieve them. EMR systems also require less physical space, potentially freeing up more square footage to be reallocated to clinical use.

Seamless integration with EMR systems

Kodak Alaris has worked with a number of NHS organisations, helping them to leverage scanners from Kodak Alaris and our adjacent Intelligent Document Processing solutions to transform processes, streamline patient onboarding and improve patient care.

With an overriding goal to embrace the digital age in the most cost-efficient and productive way, we have seen increasing demand amongst healthcare institutions to transform patient onboarding and information processing via simple document scanning workflows that integrate directly into EMR systems.

Scanners from Kodak Alaris are certified by the leading EMR vendors and have won many industry awards for image quality, data accuracy, and reliability. The simple integration with healthcare systems allows for efficient data capture from various document types directly into EMR systems, eliminating the need for manual data entry.

Leveraging our multi-vendor software and services capabilities, Kodak Alaris has worked with multiple healthcare organisations including University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth Trust and Noble’s Hospital Isle of Man, to create solutions that digitalise their data and provide immediate access to the staff who need it.

Linking capture to line of business

Kodak Info Input Solution simplifies and automates data onboarding and significantly improves productivity. By embedding Kodak Info Input Solution directly into an organisation’s existing EMR web application, clinicians can now capture and file patient data without having to leave the patient record they are in the process of completing.

Linking the capture function to the line of business systems removes complexity. Instead of passing hard copy documents onto a third party responsible for scanning and filing in the correct place, a process typically with a 24-48 hour lead time, the clinician can capture and file in real-time. This contributes directly to improved efficiency, eliminates the risk of information being lost or mis-filed and facilitates better sharing and collaboration among staff, right at the beginning of the patient’s journey.

With Kodak Info Input Solution, staff can easily deliver files and metadata into EMR systems via watch folders, electronic data transfer through standard medical formats, and through REST APIs.

Empowering clinicians, enabling them to capture patient data at the source with transactional capture, dramatically improves efficiency around patient onboarding and registration. The end result is modernised patient records management that saves time and improves data accuracy.

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