For people in rural areas, community hospitals are often the only source of healthcare available. Rural hospitals are often limited in the services and the number of beds they can provide, so being able to maximize their space for patient care is always a top priority. In fact, many rural hospitals are now realizing that if they can start electronically managing their files they can save not only space but money on operating expenses.
Family Health West, located in Fruita, Colorado, is a rural hospital that serves a community of 12,000 people. Family Health West is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing the best care it can for its patients. However, because their patient files were on paper, manually managing these files as they visited different parts of the hospital made it difficult for hospital staff to locate, track, and protect their patient documents. This was having an effect on the quality of care they were able to provide and they went looking for a solution.
Family Health West worked with D2Xchange, a Digitech Systems reseller, to implement PaperVision® Capture to scan patient records and PaperVision® Enterprise, an on-premise document management system, to store and manage their documents in-house. Today, all patient records are securely protected and the hospital as able to reduce records storage costs and get back to the business of patient care.
“I was able to completely eliminate my budget for storing paper. That would not have been possible without the PaperVision product suite.”
- Karen Hatch, Director of Medical Records, Family Health West