Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kodak-Medco Data Partnership

This week, Kodak announced a partnership with Medco Data to provide conversion of paper-based charts to digital files. There are a number of local vendors currently serving this space, so the entry of a major brand like Kodak appears to validate the belief that EMR adoption improves when there is continuity with historical records.

The press release states:
"Conversion of paper-based patient charts represents a critical consideration for practices implementing EMR/EHR systems. Scanning charts prior to the installation of an electronic records system can significantly improve the chance of a successful adoption."
The product is targeted towards physician practices and ambulatory care. It emphasizes the ability for existing staff to perform scanning work.

It will be interesting to see what physician practices and ambulatory care EMR systems, particularly AllScripts, do to better integrate paper and electronic medical records.  Stay tuned.

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