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ZERO PAPER OBJECTIVE AT SAINT-JOSEPH HOSPITAL

The Paris Saint-Joseph Hospital Group is a non-profit private hospital — a private health institution of public interest (Établissement de Santé Privé d’Intérêt Collectif - ESPIC).

Presentation of the client

The Paris Saint-Joseph Hospital Group is a non-profit private hospital — a private health institution of public interest (Établissement de Santé Privé d’Intérêt Collectif - ESPIC).
It is the result of a merger that took place in 2006 between three 19th-century hospitals in the south of Paris — Saint-Joseph, Notre Dame de Bon Secours, and Saint-Michel — plus the Institute for Training in Nursing (IFSI). Administrated by the Saint-Joseph Hospital Foundation, it was certified in 2010 by the French National Authority for Health (HAS).

Key figures relating to the Paris Saint-Joseph Hospital Group:

56,738 hospital stays

39,363 emergency room admissions

3,205 births

Workforce on January 1, 2015: 2,162 people

The cause for concern

In order to make information systems more efficient, particularly in terms of quality and safety of care, the Directorate-General of Health Care Supply (DGOS) launched the digital hospital program in November 2011. Ensuring interoperable electronic patient records is one of the priority functional areas of this program, which is due for completion in 2017.

The Saint-Joseph Hospital digital hospital project is still currently being rolled out to permanently replace patients' paper files with computerised records. To address this problem, the structure has been equipped with a centralised server, an electronic document management system, and a large fleet of scanners.

The solutions

On the advice of Spigraph, a major player in document capture, the group opted for Panasonic's offering, which perfectly met their prerequisites: bulk scanning, variety of formats handled — from visitor card to A3,  duplex scanning, quality, reliability and speed. The KV-S5076H, a powerful A3 duplex scanner, and KV-S1015C, a very compact, high-performance scanner, were the models selected.

After assessing their needs in terms of volume for scanning paper version personal records, the hospital purchased 6 color KV-S5076H scanners. This model is capable of scanning up to 300 documents of different formats and weights, including crumpled or damaged paper, and up to 35,000 pages per day.

Meanwhile, in order to manage flows of incoming documents and to eliminate paper at its source , 250 KV-S1015C scanners were installed throughout reception areas of the hospital; consultation offices, administration offices, office of interns, nursing stations, as well as all administrative reception points.

The small size of this very compact A4 scanner means that it can be easily positioned in all the required places in order to scan each incoming document as quickly as possible, whatever its format, from proof of ID to other special formats.

"A single brand of scanners was selected to ensure better coherence and ease of maintenance" - adds Olivier Boussekey, Information Systems Manager at the SaintJoseph Hospital.

Implementation

"In order to meet the Zero Paper objective set in the Digital Hospital project, we had to organize the move to paperless patient records all whilst managing incoming flows and thus switch the paper medical records to digital" comments Olivier Boussekey.

Structured processes were put in place in order to scan the entire paper record, all whilst implementing a strict quality control procedure using the electronic archiving software, in order maintain the traceability of the documents and to avoid any alternations. 

"The function of the KV-S5076H that enables errors to be quickly corrected without having to rescan the entire document is highly appreciated when it comes to bulk scanning of existing records".

After each paper record has been completely scanned, access to the digital format needs to be facilitated, all whilst ensuring its preservation and gradually adding the current flow of information to it such as proof of identity, correspondence from the attending physician, results of laboratory analyses and so on.

The scanning speed of the KV-S1015C (20 pages per minute), its ease of use, and its customizable keys for sending documents to different systems enable staff to update patient records in real-time.

"The quality of the scanning is also a very important point. Indeed, depending on regulations, patient records must be retained for 30 years. What's more, the size of the files must remain reasonable, given that the average size of a record is 125 pages" - adds Olivier Boussekey.

The results

"Following a few adjustments made for quality, readability, and contrast, we are proud to have scanned 6 million pages of paper records to date since July 3, 2014" - concludes Olivier Boussekey.

The hospital has valued being able to manage its numerous scanners via an EDM software program and thus considerably reduce the amount of time required to manage the life cycle of patient records, from their creation to their destruction.
 

To learn more:

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