Fujitsu to Showcase New Document Imaging Solutions Designed to Support Meaningful Use Requirements at HIMSS12
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, and Inofile, experts in document interoperability, today announced that the two companies will showcase new document imaging solutions designed to facilitate meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements and anticipated requirements for Stage 2, as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator. The joint solution, which runs on a Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800 or ScanSnap fi-6010 network scanner loaded with Inofile software, will be demonstrated at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in the Interoperability Showcase in Las Vegas, February 21-23 booth #11000 (the Healthstory POD), in Hall G, and in the main expo hall at Fujitsu booth #4834.
The anticipated criteria for meeting the first stage of Phase 2 meaningful use requirements will include the use of the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) Consolidation Guide as one of its primary requirements. The CDA format for Unstructured Documents (similar to XDS-SD under current guidelines) was first pioneered by Fujitsu, Inofile, and the members of the Health Story Project, a collaborative of healthcare vendors, providers and associations, and is now the industry standard for exchanging unstructured documents between healthcare providers and across systems. Using internationally recognized and universally accepted HL7 guidelines, hospitals, physician practices and every facet within the entire Continuum of Care can now exchange patient information either directly or across any Health Information Exchange (HIE) without the need for custom integration or development resources. It is estimated that up to 60% of a patient’s complete narrative can exist in unstructured documents that often reside outside Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, which is why establishing a means to manage and exchange this information rest at the core of interoperability.
Today, the Fujitsu network scanners with Inofile software are the only solutions available on the market that have been tested and proven effective at exchanging information across multiple systems through its participation in the 2011 IHE North America Connectathon, the healthcare IT industry’s only large-scale interoperability testing event which took place in Chicago, Illinois in October. The Connectathon provided detailed validation of the participants’ interoperability and compliance with IHE profiles and offered vendors a unique opportunity for connectivity testing — removing barriers to integration that would otherwise have to be dealt with at the customer’s expense. The Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800 Network Scanner and ScanSnap fi-6010N iScanner loaded with Inofile software demonstrated the ability to connect to nearly 50 unique EHRs and HIEs without significant customization or development at the event.
Network Scanning: Helping to Achieve Meaningful Use Interoperability
For the majority of healthcare providers in the U.S., most of a patient’s full health narrative exists in paper form. There are 1.2 billion new documents created annually in healthcare, and that number is predicted to grow despite the increasing adoption of EMR software designed to make hospitals and practices paperless. This is the primary driver for the dramatic growth in sales of document scanning technology over the last several years. But there is a major difference between simply making images of documents versus turning them into “actionable” or useable data. Capturing the full patient narrative from these document images requires applying a contextual framework in order to make them meaningful. And the process to do so must be quick and easy, or it will not fit in a busy clinical setting.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap network scanners equipped with Inofile ChartMD software offer new tools to make digitizing documents simple without the need for training. This solution offers enhanced security features to combat the threat of data compromise, and the ability to seamlessly integrate within a company’s existing network infrastructure which allows users to easily scan and share information across the internal and external networks.
The Inofile interface on the Fujitsu network scanners allow hospitals, clinics, and other care providers 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, EHR or HIE 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. It also means secure two-way exchange of information across multiple systems, including HIEs, EMRs or even personal health record databases.
Additional Supporting Resources
For more information about the data standards initiative for clinical document and Fujitsu Network Scanners, visit:
- Fujitsu Healthcare Resource Page: http://us.fujitsu.com/ehrsolutions
- Health Story Web site: www.healthstory.com
- Inofile Platform: http://www.inofile.com
- The Atlantic article, “As Records Go Digital, How Physicians Preserve the Full Story”: http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/fujitsu/
About Health Story
The Health Story Project was founded a little over three years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of electronic healthcare documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous three years, the initiative supported the development of eight technical implementation guides for standard electronic documents, including the Consultation Note, Diagnostic Imaging Report, Discharge Summary, History and Physical, Operative Note, Procedure Note, Progress Note and Unstructured Documents. Health Story Promoter members include A-Life Medical, Emdat, Fujitsu, GE Medical, InfraWare, MedQuist, Nuance, Osmosyz, 3M and Verizon. It has affiliate relationships with AHIMA, AHDI, CDIA, Healthcare Information and Management Systems and HL7 International. For more information, please visit: www.healthstory.com.
Bringing Structure to Unstructured Documents(TM). It’s a simple premise with profound impact for the healthcare industry. Inofile’s technology is at the core of our product offering, allowing for the seamless transferring of clinical information based on proven and accepted healthcare standards. Our unique approach to document based information has been developed with the support of leading manufacturers, standards groups and industry experts. For clinics, extended care, long term care and hospitals, Inofile has a product that is right for you. Our distinct product offerings deliver on the promise of exchanging interoperable healthcare documents to enhance the effectiveness of patient care. By providing structure to unstructured documents, Inofile’s solutions deliver better patient information and help to complete the patient record. For more information, please visit: http://www.inofile.com/.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com
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