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That’s the question that administrators at University of Louisville Hospital posed. In the move toward electronic health records (EHRs), they certainly didn’t want HIM staff wasting time  manually indexing each patient form when scanning. So what was the alternative?

Barcoded electronic forms (eforms, as some folks call them) generated by Access Intelligent Forms Suite. Now, when the forms are scanned, Siemens Soarian EDM uses the barcode to associate them with the correct EHR – no more manual data entry, no potential for human error, no need to store paper forms. And as Access IFS maps patient data from Siemens Invision, patients can complete their forms faster. An added bonus for University of Louisville Hospital is that the Access system also produces barcoded patient armbands/wristbands, creating a complete registration solution.

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By Chad Morrill, account executive at Access, the world’s leading electronic forms management choice for hospitals.

 

When hospitals choose a healthcare IT provider, they too often just focus on the same questions many of us consider when buying a car: “How fast does it go?” and “How much does it cost?” But for a successful project, these are just two of the many factors to consider. Another key decision point should be a vendor’s suitability as a long-term partner.

We’re not just talking the equivalent of a 100,000-mile power train warranty, whereby the vendor will fix your system if it breaks, though of course responsive support is important. But beyond that, you’ll be better off working with a company that not only understands its products and services, but also your processes, your staff, and your goals, and will do its best to unite these elements to give you maximum performance and value.

The first thing to consider before getting on the road is your hospital’s needs, both now and for the next few years. What are the pain points you’re trying to overcome, what new compliance mandate are you struggling to satisfy, or which facet of your EMR/EHR project are you finding most troublesome? This then defines the focus of your solution search, which will in turn narrow your list of prospective vendors.

Next, ask for references from facilities like yours and see how they’re solving the very issues you want to solve. Then ask them what else they’ve been able to do with the product. A hospital sometimes picks a solution because it fits neatly into whatever box they’re trying to fill, but yet leaves the full potential of that solution untapped. One of the reasons is that an IT team is typically tasked with solving a very narrow problem, and once they’ve done it, they must move on to putting out the next fire lit by clinicians or the CIO. They then go out and look for other vendors to meet the very needs that could be met by the product they’re already using – a waste of time, effort, and money for everyone involved.

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Angleton Danbury Medical Center needed a way to get patient registration forms into Meditech Scanning and Archiving (SCA) without time-consuming and error-prone scanning and manual indexing. The Intelligent Forms Suite from Access, the #1 e-forms management provider for hospitals was the clear choice.

“Access’s electronic forms management technology is proven to be effective and to integrate with MEDITECH,” said Owen Huett, Director of Information Systems at Angleton Danbury. “We want to be as paperless as possible, and recognized that Access’s solutions would help achieve this.”

Once an admissions clerk registers a patient in MEDITECH, they click a button to automatically create a customized registration forms packet. The Access system’s tight integration with Meditech pulls patient demographics onto each form, as well as unique patient identifiers. The patient then fills in the remaining required info, and applies a secure electronic signature via an LCD pad. The Access system then sends the forms into the correct EMR in Meditech SCA – a paperless, hands-free process.

“With Access’s Image Portal, we push e-forms into MEDITECH Scanning and Archiving without generating paper or manual indexing,” Huett said. “This is a huge time saver and we know the forms are going into the right medical record.”

At the same time that it outputs the admissions packet, the Access system generates barcoded wristbands, which ensure positive patient ID throughout the visit, increasing safety.

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Almost every healthcare IT product and service out their is marketed with fantastic claims of how the company’s offerings will meet the latest compliance standards, integrate with all your systems, and basically change the way things are done at your hospital.

However, when you read user comments on industry websites and blogs and talk to hospital staff members, it’s apparent that these promises often fall flat the day of implementation, once users realize there’s a big difference between the hype, buzzwords, and reality. This can even be the case before the go live, when it becomes clear that the seamless integration promised isn’t so seamless, the setup not quick and easy, and the professional services team far from responsive.

At Access, we prefer to let our customers do the talking. Want to know how our electronic forms solutions impact REAL people at real hospitals? See what our customers have to say in our case studies.