Find-It Brings Optical Character Recognition to MEDITECH’s SCA at Yampa Valley Medical Center
Located in a popular ski town in Northwest Colorado, Yampa Valley Medical Center relies on the MEDITECH Client/Server HCIS to provide quality care to the area’s residents and visitors. When evaluating scanning and archiving (SCA) solutions several years ago, its management identified an additional need for optical character recognition (OCR) to allow for full-text searching of scanned documents. This was a key function behind the medical center’s purchase of CareTech’s iDoc; however, it lacked true integration with MEDITECH and some of their desired search functionality. Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) decided to transition to MEDITECH’s SCA after learning about Forward Advantage’s Find-It, an OCR solution designed in collaboration with MEDITECH.
Smaller Hospital Competes with Major Laboratory
For physicians attesting to Meaningful Use, the ability to electronically exchange information with the hospitals they do business with is no longer a luxury but a necessity. As a result, hospitals wanting to retain the business of their physician partners must find solutions to support this exchange in a reliable and effective manner. Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, Alabama has a successful history of using Forward Advantage solutions to achieve this type of exchange.
Building Physician Relationships and Revenue at Grand View Hospital
The ability to exchange electronic orders and results with physicians is vital for hospitals to remain competitive. Those that are successful are rewarded with far more business than their paper-based counterparts, which is something that Grand View Hospital can attest to. This 202-bed facility in Sellersville, Pennsylvania uses Forward Advantage’s Data Express solution for a real-time clinical orders and results exchange with physician EMRs. To date, Grand View is exchanging a combination of unidirectional results and bidirectional orders and results with 110 physicians across 19 offices. This represents approximately 50 percent of the hospital’s aligned physicians, a figure which is continually growing. An additional 11 offices are either in the test phase or pending implementation. Grand View has garnered this business by proactively marketing Data Express to local practices and credits the solution for improving workflow and for helping to meet Meaningful Use objectives. With physician relationships strengthened, the hospital has noticed a dramatic increase in the volume of orders received. This has translated into a solid return on investment.
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