*NEWS*HEALTH IND,NOT TRACKING COST/TONER

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*NEWS*HEALTH IND,NOT TRACKING COST/TONER

 user 2004-03-10 at 10:37:00 am Views: 67
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    LANIER WORLDWIDE SURVEY REVEALS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT COSTS ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR BY MOST HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS

    ORLANDO, FL,- According to a Recent survey commissioned by Lanier Worldwide and
    conducted by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly three-fourths of
    healthcare managers indicated they do not actively track and manage costs associated with document
    management.  The survey clearly shows that the burden and costs associated with the management of
    documents and related processes are often unaccounted for by many organizations.
    The findings, presented by Lanier Worldwide in a report titled, “The Paper Crisis in American Hospitals,” define
    document management issues facing hospitals, healthcare systems, and other facilities nationwide.  A key finding
    from the survey revealed that almost every respondent identified medical records management as being
    problematic and cited the Medical Records Department within organizations as having the greatest challenges
    with paper management.
    “A paper crisis exists in today’s health system, yet document management costs are unaccounted for by many
    hospitals and healthcare systems,” said Debra Williams, healthcare marketing manager for Lanier Worldwide.
    “Lanier’s research underscores the importance of medical records management and is intended to increase
    awareness about the significant cost savings that can be realized through better document management and
    control.”
    The Lanier survey uncovered what solutions are most desired and would be most practical in health organizations.
    Approximately 70 percent of respondents are looking for solutions that address efficient document distribution,
    secure access to patient information, and ease of finding patient charts.  When asked about the key criteria for
    selecting document management solutions, respondents rated reliability higher than anything else.  Service and
    support rated second highest for buying document management solutions.
    Forty-eight percent of organizations that participated in this survey were companies with over 200 million dollars
    annual revenue.  CIOs and IT Directors represented the majority of respondents.