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’Meaningful Use’ ­ A Reality with MedicScan®

Meaningful Use

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) authorizes the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide reimbursement incentives for eligible medical professionals and hospitals who successfully become ’meaningful users’ of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The ’Meaningful Use’ law says that in order to qualify for these subsidies, providers must not just buy an EHR, but they must also use it in a ’meaningful manner’. This includes for example, electronic prescribing, exchange of patient information to improve patient care and the submission of medical reports on the quality of care provided.

Health information technology clearly has the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. In general, IT allows health care providers to collect, store, retrieve and transfer patient information electronically. By increasing the ability of doctors, nurses and other medical staff to have easy access to the correct medical information about their patients, health care can be improved.

As a global leader in image processing and OCR software, Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN) is able to offer powerful solutions to medical professionals and hospitals for the transfer of data from medical cards into electronic forms. Their easy-to-use solutions however also enable the ’Meaningful Use’ of this data with its extensive and automatic data export capabilities and extensive database capabilities for processing, sorting and archiving.

MedicScan® is an insurance card scanner and software solution, developed by CSSN, which is an efficient scanning and archiving solution for patient care facilities. With MedicScan®, CSSN is not only able to contribute to compliance issues for reimbursement incentives, but also provides health professionals with the ability to streamline the registration and admissions process to ensure greater efficiency, enhanced functionality, reduced errors and lower admin costs.

MedicScan® is available in four versions which vary based on whether only the insurance card’s image is captured or whether the card’s image and textual data is extracted. The versions also vary based on where this information is saved. MedicScan ® OCR True Parse, which is the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) version of MedicScan®, is able to extract text information from a patient’s medical insurance card and presents it in text format. The captured text can then be attached to the patient's electronic chart, saved to a file, or exported to various applications such as a database, MS Word, Excel and more. The scanned data can also be emailed and sent to an FTP site or web address which will enable health professionals to share their patient’s medical details with other professionals to offer better care to their patients as per the ’Meaningful Use’ requirements.

In addition to this, the image of the insurance card becomes interactive, allowing the user 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 cards are stored locally or exported automatically. CSSN prides itself on its OCR technology that searches for actual text and not pre-measured fields. As a result, they are able to program their software to read any printed media and deliver the data into appropriate database fields in the user’s applications.

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