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Healthcare provider reaping rewards with ECM

by | Jun 14, 2012

Given that some healthcare providers are struggling to uphold electronic health record mandates, enterprise content management technology may help organizations become more organized and transition away from paper documents.

A new whitepaper published by Healthcare IT News revealed that Sentara Healthcare, located in Virginia, turned to ECM solutions to help upgrade to modern industry standards.

“When Sentara planned for its EHR system, we had an ‘a-ha’ moment that we’d still be dealing with paper down the line,” Sentara senior software engineer Aaron Koehler said. “Even with the best laid plan, we still had an estimated 19 million paper documents from a wide range of entities.”

Since adopting its ECM solution in 2009, Sentara has saved nearly $35 million in expenses and other benefits, according to the report.

HP is one of the most successful ECM providers on the market, and the business has continued to develop solutions to aid the healthcare industry in its transition to new technologies. Earlier this year, HP announced a new partnership with Central Logic that will help hospitals reduce operating costs and improve efficiency and patient care with its Z600 Workstations, which replaces traditional whiteboards with touchscreen technology.