Patients are increasingly taking control of their own health and calling for the sector to become more proactive in prevention rather than cure. This, coupled with the need for healthcare institutions to increase efficiency while reducing costs, is placing increased pressure on hospitals to operate more like businesses.
This echoes research findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit*, sponsored by Ricoh. These findings identified that only 5% of healthcare professionals feel they should be spending time managing patient records while 38% of healthcare executives say different systems across their organisations are not connected.
Therefore, healthcare institutions are seeking partners to assist them in cutting through the complexities behind their information processes. The effects of which will assist in making medical information more accessible, by reducing admin heavy processes that take staff away from patient care.
* Economist Intelligence Unit, Humans and Machines: The role of people in technology-driven organisations, sponsored by Ricoh, 2013
As a global company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services, Ricoh offers healthcare institutions true end to end solutions.
At the heart of this offering is:
the digitisation of patient records which can increases efficiency and provide significant cost savings for healthcare institutions
increasing the speed in which medical staff can access and securely exchange the most current and relevant patient information within their organisation
Increasing the ability to access such detail and streamlining processes is crucial. This provides an environment where employees can work more efficiently from any location and share information securely leaving more time to be spent on patient care.
Ricoh has worked with major healthcare organisations across Europe to streamline information processes and help them work more efficiently. This has led to efficiency gains and cost savings for customers across the board, examples of these include:
Improved patient care by helping USP & QUIRON Hospital Group migrate to an electronic health record system where they could share information more effectively, ensure the protection of patient confidentiality and reduce administrative cost through strategic document consultancy
Applied the principles of Managed Document Services for Katholische Hospitalvereinigung Weser-Egge, a multi-site healthcare company in Germany. Developed a digital document management system covering both patient records and administrative processes that was integrated into the existing IT infrastructure
Enhanced the efficiency and quality of the documentation process for German hospital Mathias Spital Rheine through the use of digital cameras. By linking images directly to a patient’s electronic health record through barcode technology, the hospital simplified hospital procedures and eliminated steps in its image capturing processes
Implemented a digital workflow and streamlined administration processes for the Ommelander Hospital Group in the Netherlands. As a result, the Group saw a reduction of more than 25,000 hours spent on administration processes and a cost saving of more than half a million Euros.
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