MedicScan – The Starting Point of “Meaningful Use”

May 26, 2010 on 12:29 am | In General |
Meaningful use time line

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a proposed incentive program to implement provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) that provide incentive payments to health professionals and hospitals for the “Meaningful Use” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The Medicaid EHR incentive program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals for efforts to adopt, implement, or upgrade certified EHR technology. The core focus is to encourage health providers to not only purchase an EHR, but to also use it in a ‘meaningful manner’ such as exchanging patient information with other medical professionals in order to improve patient care.

Most patients receive care from numerous medical providers and the primary means of establishing a patient’s medical history is often through discussion with the patient. By having a patient’s medical details available on line, you can provide this information to other health workers across settings. Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN) offers the perfect solution as a starting point of “Meaningful Use” for medical professionals and hospitals to capture accurate and detailed patient information from their medical insurance cards. Our software also provides extensive database capabilities for processing, sorting and archiving, as well as extensive and automatic data export capabilities for the data that is captured from the medical cards.

The MedicScan product line from CSSN offers advanced scanning technology that automates and speeds up the process of transferring data from medical cards into electronic forms. The captured image and textual data can then easily be attached to the patient’s electronic chart, saved to a file, or exported to various 3rd party applications such as, Excel, Word or a database. In order to make this vital information available to other health professionals for implementing “Meaningful Use” rules, the captured medical card data can also be emailed sent to an FTP site or a web address.

With the MedicScan Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, this solution has the unique ability to recognize text which appears on the insurance cards and translates it into useable digital data. The image of a scanned insurance card also becomes interactive which allows the user the ability to select specific fields, parts of a field, or even multiple fields together for additional data extraction. The scanned image and data from the patient’s medical cards are stored locally or exported automatically. By having this information on hand, accurate and detailed patient data is available in real time which results in improved health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety as per the “Meaningful Use” standards.

MedicScan is available with a variety of state of the art scanners but the software is TWAIN compatible which means it can easily be installed and utilized on an existing scanner. The scanning process is fully automated which enables users to focus on chain-feeding media into the scanner, while image extraction and processing takes place automatically in the background. As soon as a card is inserted into the scanner, the automatic page-feed detection launches the scan job immediately. With this easy to use system, the time and efforts of manually typing the information are reduced which results in increased productivity and more time to focus on the patients.

The “Meaningful Use” requirements that hospitals and physicians must meet to qualify for federal subsidy payments starts with the purchase and use of electronic health-record systems. The MedicScan solution from CSSN opens the door for health professionals and hospitals to easily collect detailed information from patients medical cards which not only aids them in their quest for eligibility for subsidies but also streamlines the patient registration process to ensure efficiency and accuracy.

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