End-to-End Document Capture is Key to Health Care
Health care organizations and governments around the globe are facing an unprecedented need to improve health care quality and cut costs at the same time. Historically, the health care industry has been viewed as and acted very “local”, based on economic, cultural and regulatory standards. But today, even with regional differences, the challenges of health care organizations are increasingly similar, and common themes and threats are becoming more and more obvious: cost, quality and transparency.
Undoubtedly, the globalization of health care has begun, with the industrialization of health care about to take off. Over the next decade, as in other industries, best practices based on regional initiatives will emerge and be adapted globally, such as health record management, access to information or care programs, funding models and innovative technologies. These emerging practices will be targeted at ensuring safe, quality health care and reducing cost, and will encompass governments, hospitals, health plans, health care institutes, health care payers and service organizations around the world.
These changes are occurring at a time when patients have more and better access to health information than ever before through Internet-enabled cell phones, computers or handheld devices. Patient-to-patient interactions are increasing via social
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