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NHS Moves Towards Paperless Operations

Medical record scanning sesrvices for London from Pearl Scan.

Many organisations across all industries can benefit from going paperless – and the government has already highlighted the National Health Service as one such organisation. The NHS has a target to digitalise patient records and become completely paperless, which will reduce time spent on administrative tasks and hopefully improve patient care. NHS Trusts are already expected to have patient records online, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt has challenged the NHS to become a paperless operation by 2018.

This move to roll out paperless operations has already started, with some NHS Trusts and GP practices taking the plunge and making the digital switch. The first NHS Trust to go paperless a few years ago was St Helens & Knowsley, and now other across the UK are on a paperless trail. In one GP practice in the area, moving to a digital database has freed up 20 square metres of space and freed up staff who had to spend two to three hours manually searching records for referral letters and other records. Dr David Wilson predicts digitalising all 11,000 records has reduced admin costs by one person a day each week.

With such positive reports from professionals who have made the paperless switch, many other NHS trusts are following suit well ahead of the 2018 deadline. One of the most recent areas to implement the digital strategy is Royal Free London NHS Trust, which treats around 700,000 patients each year. All paper care records are being transferred to digital, so staff can have instant access to records and patient information.

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Will Smart, Director of information management and technology at the Royal Free said, "For a complex hospital environment like ours, managing patient care using paper case-notes has been logistically very challenging. Tracking and moving paper case notes across a large physical estate has made it difficult to ensure that these are available where and when they are needed and has required a large administrative team.

"By digitising these case-notes we have the opportunity to improve the quality of the services we provide whilst reducing costs, and believe the new platform will enable us to digitise other paper-based corporate records and drive further efficiencies.”

The NHS obviously has an obligation to keep patient records and log all communication with patients for compliance. Medical record scanning services and electrical storage is more efficient and cost effective for private and NHS hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, dentists and medical trusts. A digital archive system can securely store case notes, information and event digitised X-rays, while reducing admin costs. For more information about how medical record scanning can improve your healthcare practice and reach digitalisation targets, get in touch.

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Invoice Scanning: The Safe and Secure Way to Process Company Bills

Invoice scanning services for London from Pearl Scan.

Are you drowning in invoices and worried about the safety of the information on them? Secure your data by going digital with invoice scanning services.

Invoice scanning and data capture is a service used by many companies across the UK to save money and reclaim space but more importantly to provide their invoices with better security. You wouldn't stand in the middle of the street announcing your company accounts so why leave accounts payable and purchase ledger information open to prying eyes?

Why do we need a better storage solution?

Storing invoices in paper form in filing cabinets, folders and boxes leaves them susceptible to loss, theft and damaged documents. You may think your documents are safely locked away but anyone can find their way into a storage cupboard and rummage through a few boxes without your knowledge. Despite recent hacking news, going digital with document storage provides a much more secure solution, provided it's done correctly. If the passwords are strong and file encryption is of the highest level then you will no longer have the worry of document security on your mind. Efficient invoice processing with Pearl Scan's software

How can I digitise my invoices?

To digitise your invoices, you need a scanner with data capture capabilities and a member of staff or two to complete the task. Document management software would also be helpful to keep track of the files once they have been scanned. Alternatively, you could outsource the work to a scanning service. If you receive large amounts of invoices on a regular basis, the latter solution will be the most effective. Scanning services can collect your invoices and scan them using high quality scanners with the ability to scan millions of images. For this reason it would be counter productive to attempt bulk invoice scanning in your office. For help on choosing the right scanning company, check out this useful article. Scanning services should also assist you in setting up a digital invoice processing system for future documents.

Other benefits of invoice scanning

Invoice proccessing solitions from Pearl Scan.

While providing you with extra security for your important information, invoice scanning also offers a wide range of other benefits in the form of;

  • Cost savings
  • Time savings
  • Space savings
  • Improved efficiency
  • Better workflow
  • Boosted office morale
  • Instant file access and retrieval
  • Improved green credentials

Pearl scan can help

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer invoice scanning and invoice data capture services for companies across the UK wishing to secure their documents for the future. We adapt our service to the needs of our clients providing them with a tailor made solution for their invoice management. To eliminate your worries about data security, we operate from a secure scanning bureau and offer high level encryption services for your scanned files. Your files will also be OCR processed to make them easy to retrieve as and when you need them through simple text searches.

For more information about how you can secure your documents using Pearl Scan's invoice scanning service, get in touch today and receive a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project.

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How Can Document Scanning Make Your (Working) Life Easier?

Pearl Scan can make your working life easier with document scanning services in London.

Searching for documents is tedious. We all know this, yet some of us continue to put up with it without looking for a better solution. Here at Pearl Scan, we have that solution with document scanning.

Nowadays, when we want to find out some information, we usually type a quick query into a search engine and get what we need in seconds. There's no need to search through books for the information because search engines are quicker and more reliable. Similarly, why should you search through mountains for paperwork for a document when you can have them scanned onto an online platform which can answer your search in seconds?

Who Can Document Scanning Help?

Anyone. Whether you work in HR, education, legal or just have a lot of paperwork to get rid of, document scanning is the solution you've been looking for.

What Does Document Scanning Involve?

Scanning services in London from Pearl Scan.
  1. With Pearl Scan, all you have to do is box up all of the documents you want to be scanned. On your part, it is that simple. We can even provide the boxes if you need them.
  2. We then come and collect your boxes and take them back to our secure scanning and storage premises. The documents are prepared with the removal of paperclips, staples and anything else we don't want to clog up the scanners with. All of your documents are kept in the same order you have provided them in before being placed on the scanners.
  3. Our state of the art scanners can scan documents in seconds, much faster than the average office scanner, meaning we have the ability to scan thousands of documents a day. This gives us a nice quick turnaround time.
  4. Once the documents have all been scanned, the digital copies are checked as we like to be sure we're doing a good job for you.
  5. We can then apply OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and convert the digital copies to searchable PDF, Word, Excel, CSV or XML. Depending on your preferences, the digital copies will then be placed on USB, CD or onto our document management software, Halogen.
  6. Once the digital copies have been stored, we can either return your paper documents, store them or shred and dispose of them.

How Much Does It Cost?

Document scanning with Pearl Scan can save you money.

Some people won't even consider outsourcing a document scanning company because they assume it will be expensive. Here at Pearl Scan we can provide you with great value document scanning solutions with document scanning from as little as a penny per document for large volume and we offer free, no obligation quotes so you can decide which service is right for you. Our experienced and friendly team will take the tedious work away from you. At the end of the day, you will be investing money into a long term solution which can help improve your day to day workflow and we have put a great value price on that.

How Can Document Scanning Help My Workflow?

  • Finding a document will be simpler, just a click away essentially
  • Less time searching for documents means more time doing the job you actually applied for
  • We take away the hassle of scanning large volumes of documents yourself
  • Your office will be free of boxes, folders and filing cabinets

Pearl Scan'sdocument scanning and management solutions can help to make your working life easier. We're sorry we can't make sure your tea is on the table when you get home but we can ensure you still have enough energy to cook it. If you would like some more information or if you would like a quote to suit your needs then get in touch today or complete our online form by following the relevant links below.

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How Will the New GDPR Regulations Impact Upon Your HR Department?

Image displaying a section of an industrial shelving unit that has a shelf full of HR office box files which makes complying to GDPR difficult when working with paper files. Pearl Scan's HR document scanning services in London can digitise your paper files to digital, which will enable an efficient process with complying to GDPR.

The month of May will soon be upon us and that is the time when the new GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force. All businesses, no matter their size, will have to comply if they deal with employee personal data so, understandably, many of them are already worried about how it will impact upon their HR function.

HR responsibilities will increase

Whether companies have a fully-fledged HR Department or just one person dealing with that side of things, their obligations are going to be increased. As far as staff personal data is concerned, they will now have a right to access it or ask for it to be amended or deleted. HR departments will also need to overhaul their processes and systems as they will need to make staff aware of how long their data will be stored for and whether or not it will be shared with any other third party. At the same time, HR service providers that deal with employee data on behalf of employers will also need to pull their socks up if GDPR is not to catch them out.

At the moment, HR Departments can hold reams of data, relevant to current and former employees, as well as those looking for employment. If this is stored on paper or on computers that are openly accessed by others, this will no longer be compliant, particularly if medical or trade union records are included.

HR departments needs to 'up the ante'

GDPR will take no prisoners and those that fall foul of the rules will suffer, being hit with severe penalties and fines. The only way that this can be avoided is by HR Departments doing the following:

  • Obtaining employee consent
  • Being fully accountable
  • Respecting employee rights

The main thing is that all HR functions will need to be taken care of with total security and privacy of personal data being considered. Whether information is stored on paper, on a computer database or within a specialise CRM system, all of the following are essential functions that will need to be attended to:

  • Secure retention of data
  • Easily accessible targeted information
  • Displaying full transparency and accountability
  • Using data for only the purpose for which permission was given

HR departments need to be proactive

The image is displaying a check list on clipboard. HR departments throughout London and across the UK need to proactive to keep up with GDPR.

So in addition to all of the above, as a UK business that deals with confidential employee data, what else should you do to get your HR Department in good running order as far as GDPR is concerned? Depending upon how many staff you have, you may wish to consider appointing a ‘GDPR Manager’ who will be fully responsible for taking care of all things related to the new regulation. It goes without saying that they will need to understand the new regulations inside-out and that ensuring your company complies will be on their head. Failure to do so will damage your reputation as well as your bank balance so the person assuming this role will need to be dedicated, detailed in their approach and proactive. Whilst this may result in you paying an additional wage, when compared to the fines that could be levied against you for breaking the rules, it is an expense worth having.

GDPR fines will fall into two categories:

  1. Up to 10 million Euros or 2% of the company’s global annual turnover of the previous financial year.
  2. Up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the company’s global annual turnover of the previous financial year.

How can document scanning help ensure GDPR compliance?

The Pearl Scan's document scanning service offers the perfect solution for security and manipulation of paper files. By scanning them in, we make it possible for companies to be sure that they are not breaking any rules. All personal data currently on paper should be converted to digital thus ensuring compliance, avoiding fines and providing a good ROI. Outsourcing this task will save a great deal of time and money as speed and efficiency will be ensured and your staff will not have to be removed from other tasks. For this reason, many companies are relying on Pearl Scan to assist them.

How does document scanning help with GDPR compliance?

Scanned documents can help your business to guarantee GDPR compliance due to the following:

  • Data retention – Data retention is taken care of much more easily, particularly if software is used to set rules and processes. Once guidelines are in place, the software will do the rest. Even if a breach occurs you can show that you did all possible to comply and may avoid huge fines.
  • Security and privacy – Why take the risk of leaving sensitive data on paper files? Easier to copy, steal, lose or destroy, it is only when digitised that they can be password protected when stored. You can even add digitally encryption for a belt-and-braces approach.
  • Image is displaying a monitor with has document management software open similar to our Halogen software that is free for our clients throughout London and the UK.
  • Data Search and retrieval – Compare the time taken to access important data in a paper file and then compare it to a computer based data search and you will see why having digitised files is essential. GDPR Article 17 makes it clear that: “The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay.” Fulfilling this task manually with paper files will be a nightmare, wasting time and money. With digital files it takes just seconds. When employees ask for their right of access, right to rectification and right to restriction of processing, digital is king.
  • Cost – This is an easy one as the cost taken to process paper files compared to digital is much higher due to time taken and staff deployed on specific tasks. With digital also enabling you to better avoid fines, it makes so much sense to go down this rout

Trust Pearl Scan to take care of your document scanning

When looking for a professional and reputable company to turn your paper files into digital versions, enabling you to comply far easier with GDPR, Pearl Scan are experts. For over 15 years we have been working with organisations across every sector to scan their paper. Even the most sensitive of data is converted to digital in our capable hands.

Trusted by so many businesses, make us your chosen partner to help you to work towards and maintain full GDPR compliance. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our Document Scanning Service.

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How Archive Scanning Can Help Council Libraries Cut Costs

How our book scanning services can benefit councils with our archive book scanning services in London and throughout the UK.

According to Voices for the library, over 500 UK public libraries out of the nation’s 4500 are currently facing the threat of closure. With library cut backs determined by a local authority and budgetary pressures, one way libraries can cut costs is by investing in book scanning. What does this mean for the libraries at risk?

Libraries can benefit from book scanning in many ways

Costs can be reduced by saving on the amounts of space needed. Converting many books into a digital format helps reduce the square footage taken up by physical items. This allows local authorities to save on the amount of money spent on running a property. These spaces can then be used for other purposes such as community functions.

Under the 1964 Public and Libraries and Museums Act, libraries have to offer a comprehensive and efficient library service for free. Converting books into a digital format and bringing local libraries into the future helps reduce costs and ensures that laws aren’t being broken.

Book scanning is the process of converting books into eBook format suitable for iBook, Kindle and eReaders. E-Books have seen a rise in popularity over the past decade with more and more books being made available in this format.

Some libraries have archives full of old books, manuscripts, journals, files and documents. Transforming these helps bring old items into the public eye, and gives life to old books that previously sat collecting dust. Old books also tend to be fragile. Digitising them ensures that they are not damaged by rough handling or sticky fingers.

The digitisation of books also helps ensure that libraries are not lost if a physical building succumbs to damage such as fire. With all files stored online and accessible on any device, library collections can officially stand the test of time with Pearl Scans bespoke book scanning service.

Bound and Unbound scanning methods are used with our book scanning services

We scan a wide range of books, transforming them into any required format. The book scanning service can be tailored to meet the needs of libraries of all sizes. Using two different methods, bound and unbound scanning using either a document feed scanner or upright scanner, no file is too big or small to be converted. Each scanning process carries its own benefits, which can help libraries and local authorities save substantial amounts of money.

If you can’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free no obligation project quote. How do you think the book scanning process can benefit libraries and local authorities? Share your thoughts with us on social media!

Whether it's books, documents or microfilm, we offer professional scanning services in London that includes expert advice with a cost-effective solution for you.

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Why choose Pearl Scan

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We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.

Our data capture and document scanning services offered in London are accredited to industry standards.