Provider survey: Medical records scanning all over the map

Iron Mountain polled 200 providers, large and small, on how they're tackling medical records scanning. Results are all over the map. This podcast offers tips on where to start.

In a recent survey of 200 health IT professionals, document management and backup service provider Iron Mountain Inc. drew a national snapshot of how health care providers are going about medical records scanning -- getting legacy paper records into electronic health records (EHR) workflows.

Among the findings:

  • 49% of hospitals say they have scanned what they need within their budget, while 23% are within budget but still have a backlog of records to scan;
  • 54% are scanning records at onsite records rooms, while 29% use a centralized scanning location;
  • 72% rely on full-time employees to scan, compared to 9% outsourcing the task, and  
  • 58% will shred their paper records once scanning is complete, while 38% plan to store the paper in an onsite records room or an offsite facility.

We sat down with Ken Rubin, Iron Mountain senior vice president and general manager of the company's health care division, to discuss these medical records scanning trends -- and to pick his brain for tips on how health care providers can develop a document scanning strategy regardless of whether it's done in-house or outsourced.

Let us know what you think about the podcast; email Don Fluckinger, Features Writer.

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This was first published in August 2011

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