How the NHS’ £4bn drive towards becoming paperless will be a positive move

With the world moving towards a paperless society, document scanning specialist, Pearl Scan, welcomed the news that the NHS is making moves to become paperless by 2020. The announcement made last month by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has received positive feedback from advocates of the paperless movement. Claiming that it would not only help to save money, but also provide better patient outcomes and revolutionise healthcare at home, the move is designed to bring the National Health Service into the 21stcentury.

Declaring a package of investments that includes £1.8 billion to digitise records to remove dependence on paper and fax machines, as well as £400 million to build apps and provide free WiFi in hospitals, the aim is to create a paperless service that would help doctors to provide faster diagnoses, while being more convenient for patients. More than £4bn has been set aside for areas such as electronic records and online appointments, prescriptions, and consultations, and will allow patients with long-term conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer to send their health data to their doctors and nurses over the internet.

Designed to ease the pressure on GPs by cutting down on repeat appointments when symptoms are under control, it will also help the NHS to meet its pledge of £22 billion worth of efficiency savings. Relatively simple to implement going forward, the job of scanning over 60 years’ of records will be no mean feat. It is estimated that in the first year, 100 million patient records will need to be scanned in, which will create up to 450 million images.

Robert M. Wachter, the author of ‘The Digital Doctor’ said: “There’s a lot of paper floating around (in the NHS), and that’s unhealthy.” Claiming that NHS hospitals have failed to adapt to the 21stcentury, he continued: “There are hospitals where doctors are using digital tools, but also still using paper tools, and having to do the work twice. It’s not unreasonable to believe that by 2020 the system can be essentially digital.”

Pearl Scan have more than 10 years’ experience scanning documents for large organisations and bluechip companies. Utilising high speed, industry standard scanners to produce top quality scans, their document scanning service can digitise all kinds of documents, files, images and reports.

Naveed Ashraf, Managing Director at Pearl Scan said: “Most businesses can save money and improve performance and productivity by transferring hard copy documents into digital formats – and the NHS is no exception. The world is swiftly becoming more digitally-focussed. Scanning records and documents and keeping them on a digital system allows fast access which is essential in the healthcare environment.”

Offering tailor-made medical record scanning for the NHS and private healthcare sector, Pearl Scan’s medical document scanning service has been working with the NHS for over a decade. Having already helped thousands of NHS hospitals, GP surgeries, private medical trusts and dental surgeries to improve their patient record keeping, they understand how to deal with confidential and sensitive data.

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Pearl Scan Solutions (Group) was founded in 2003 to support organisations facing document management issues and challenges in their desire to go paperless to become more efficient. Since then, they have grown into a leading national document scanning services provider that delivers the highest quality document scanning and data capture services, enabling clients to successfully unlock the value of the information contained in their files, resulting in increased productivity, performance, competitive advantages and in most cases significant reductions in cost.



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