Medical practices embracing paperless practices

When the term "paperless" comes up in regard to the current state of business, many professionals think about the typical office environment. While this does make sense, it does not paint the full picture of how far the digital influence has spread or how many different industries have started to embrace it.

In a recent Dental Economics article, Dr. Kent Stapley, examined how the medical field has implemented a paperless approach.

"Today's high-tech offices don't have some 'magical' lock on all the benefits of paperless technology," wrote Stapley. "Any practice can go paperless to whatever comfort level and benefit they desire. Some offices are content with their current paperless level, while others are willing to introduce new technologies."

He discussed three specific ways that medical offices have deployed a paperless system. The first is with digital X-rays, which he considers to have facilitated the biggest productivity gain for his practice. The wait time for X-ray development is eliminated and you can easily adjust a photo and improve the quality of the image.

Second is the use of digital documents. This allows administrators to collect all patient information electronically for easier access and better organization. He added that his office has deployed a document scanning and management service to make sure every piece of paper needed is now digital and it has freed up an "amazing amount of space."

Finally there is electronic prescription writing. With the help of a mobile application, physicians can not only electronically submit subscriptions, but can also look up drug information, allergy interactions, disease interactions, renew requests and access a two-year patient history.

A paperless approach is easy to implement with the help of a document management service.


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