The Standard is Set: Fujitsu Network Scanners Help Pioneer New Healthcare Standards

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The Standard is Set: Fujitsu Network Scanners Help Pioneer New Healthcare Standards

We’re proud to announce that our new standard for managing unstructured documents within health information systems has been identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and that Fujitsu network scanners equipped with Inofile ChartMD software are the first and only solutions available today that use this standards-based capture to create “smart” documents that can be easily integrated into any EMR system or Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE).

Fujitsu, along with the Health Story Project, a collaborative of healthcare vendors, providers and associations, and one of our premier partners, Osmosyz, worked for two long years using HL7 International development guidelines to establish a standard for unstructured clinical documents. Now, healthcare organizations have a powerful on-ramp to EMRs and HIEs that is universally recognized and accepted. 

How Do Healthcare Organizations of Any Size Get Started?

Clinicians in the U.S. create more than a billion clinical notes each year. More than 60% of the full patient narrative resides in these unstructured documents and outside of discreet data elements within an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) database. These notes are often used as the primary source of information for reimbursement and proof of service. With established data standards such as the new standard for “Unstructured Documents,” the output can easily be integrated with EMR systems and HIEs, providing a low-cost and universally accepted path to interoperability.

Based upon this new unstructured document standard, Fujitsu is launching the first and only solution of its kind designed to help users achieve interoperability in order to meet 2 Meaningful Use requirements, as defined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800 Network Scanner and ScanSnap fi-6010N iScanner, equipped with Inofile ChartMD software from Osmosyz, gives healthcare organizations the ability to make clinical documents, such as paper-based clinical notes and other encounter-related documents, available across multiple systems in an electronic format that meets international standards for information exchange.

Network Scanning: Apply Data Standards, Integrate With EMRs, Increase Workplace Efficiency

No matter what technology strategies a healthcare organization may choose to adopt, there is one major element they all have in common: the need to manage paper. And the biggest challenges in meeting new government requirements while adhering to standards are the cost and complexity of the technology involved. In today’s economy, the time and resources required to train users and deploy new technology can be crippling to healthcare providers.

As a part of the healthcare community as a whole, Fujitsu is sensitive to this predicament.  That is why the Fujitsu network scanners have been designed from inception for practicality and performance. The gains will be immediate, beginning with the process improvements of making paper-based data electronic and interoperable and continuing on with the convenience of being able to transport that information across any system, regardless of where it is or what it is built on. 

The Inofile interface on the Fujitsu network scanners allow hospitals and clinics to scan a batch of documents, perform a quality assurance check of the documents on the touch screen, index the documents with a few simple keystrokes, and upload the documents to a content repository without having to be tied to a workstation. This means critical clinical documents can be added to the electronic patient record in seconds without having to be added to a queue for scanning at the end of the shift, day, or week.

Additionally, many organizations in healthcare still rely heavily on fax as their primary means of exchanging information. The Fujitsu network scanners are not only capable of scanning documents into both HIEs and EMR software, they also provides two-way messaging communication between provider organizations that is both secure and easily intelligible to the naked-eye.

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Peter Bedell
Business Development Manager
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.