Technology | April 16, 2015

Canon Showcases Solutions to Streamline Workflow, Drive Interoperability at HIMSS 2015

April 16, 2015 — Few industries are undergoing as many challenges as healthcare.  Rising costs, the move to electronic health records (EHRs) and concerns about keeping protected health information (PHI) secure, continues to be top priorities for healthcare providers. Canon U.S.A. Inc. demonstrated its integrated document capture systems and mobile solutions at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference (HIMSS) in Chicago April 13-15. These digital imaging and workflow management solutions are designed to help organizations increase efficiency and help support EHR interoperability, while enhancing security and contributing to overall cost savings for healthcare environments. 
“Canon is showcasing a variety of solutions and services at this year’s show that are designed to handle workflow-related challenges in healthcare environments,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, business imaging solutions group, Canon U.S.A. “Through the use of a variety of our solutions, such as uniFlow and our new digital conversion service for healthcare, healthcare providers have the ability to capture and integrate information from legacy charts, mobile devices, and the paper that flows throughout their practice on a day-to-day basis to help improve patient safety, drive productivity and improve the quality of care.” 
The vendor showed centralized and decentralized scanning solutions to help drive efficiency and interoperability in several healthcare settings where information may be created, captured and stored, including a nurse’s station, admissions, records retention and mobile printing.  
Mobile Solutions
According to the third Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Technology Survey, 83 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide care. Canon demonstrated several solutions that support the use of mobile technology. These include mobile print applications that enable secure printing and tracking, using imageRunner Advance systems, help healthcare providers securely and confidently print documents containing sensitive patient information directly from their compatible mobile devices. The imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini mobile document scanner will also be demonstrated, which enables physicians and nurses to capture paper-based information wherever they may be. 
Canon also showed its new digital conversion services for healthcare. These services are designed to help medical providers improve efficiency of their business operations, facilitate compliance with healthcare regulations related to managing patient information, and promote well-coordinated patient care. The new service includes the digitization of hard copy documents, inventory management of files to help ensure a complete reconciliation process is established, preparation of physical document contents to make them “scan-ready,” and the scanning of the prepared charts, leveraging Canon devices and image software technologies. 
Nurse’s Station 
Canon continues to support the goals of the healthcare industry by helping healthcare professionals create a complete patient workflow process through the inclusion of paper-based clinical document information and the seamless exchange of healthcare information into EHR systems. Canon showcased how its multifunction printers (MFPs) can print, copy, scan and send patient data for integration into EHR systems and enterprise content management systems (ECM), such as OnBase by Hyland. Using uniFlow, Canon’s integrated software platform for device and output management, secure printing, mobile print and advanced scanning, imageRunner Advance systems can help expedite document-based processes, reduce costs and enhance workflows of administrative processes.
For ID card scanning and general document capture needs, the imageFormula DR-M160II office document scanner is used for hospitals, clinics and doctor’s office admissions areas. Bundled with Kofax VirtualReScan image enhancement software, this widens the scope of capture and output capabilities, increasing the overall quality of documents scanned and how information is organized. Designed for high-speed and high-quality imaging, this scanner can help expedite document-based processes and help increase productivity for healthcare administrators that require large amounts of scanning for patient on-boarding. 
Records Retention
To help facilitate the storage of patient files and reduce the costs of hard-copy archiving, Canon will showcase the capabilities of the imageFormula DR-G1130 production document scanner, which is ideal for hospitals and doctors’ offices with a large number of patient records. Capable of processing large amounts of documents in centralized scanning environments, this scanner can help in back-file conversion activities or in scanning documents into ECM solutions, like OnBase by Hyland, for interoperability with leading EHR systems.
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