“If all medical records were electronic, waiting times would be reduced, health staff would have more time to focus on patients and files could be easily shared between consultants,” – Pearl Scan
A survey of doctors has revealed that they spend more time each week on admin tasks and meetings than with patients.
They spend 17 hours compared with just seven hours at patients’ bedsides, according to the study carried out by Your Legal Friend, which also found that 44% of doctors expect the standard of care to drop in the next five years.
But Pearl Scan claims that, if all medical records were electronic, waiting times would be reduced, health staff would have more time to focus on patients and files could be easily shared between consultants
According to the nationwide firm, the NHS has been challenged to be completely paperless by 2018 – which would not only reduce time searching for patient records, but also help to save billions.
It says secure document scanning services can help GP surgeries, private health centres and hospital departments to transfer existing paper files to an easily searchable digital format.
Naveed Ashraf, managing director of Pearl Scan Solutions, which has developed an electronic document management system for medical files and X-rays which could help doctors to streamline their processes, said: “We’ve been working alongside NHS organisations for a long time, helping them to become more efficient and introduce modern ways of working. Although scanning all files can be quite a lengthy process, electronic document management is easy to maintain once it is implemented, and staff and patients will soon notice the positive impact.”
Pearl Scan says the NHS in Britain is currently at breaking point, with public sector workers striking to oppose the new government reforms. Prime minister David Cameron wants to introduce a seven day NHS, but doctors’ unions and associations are worried about overworked doctors and have yet to come to an agreement about pay.
Ashraf added: “The NHS is in crisis right now, but it is essential that patient care is put front and centre. Medical document scanning can reduce stress and save time for doctors and administrative staff, which will therefore allow them to do a better job.”