NHS Moves Towards Paperless Operations

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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.

new horizontal 36Will 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 document scanning 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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Scale Down Large Format Drawings With Document Scanning

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Some drawings, plans and maps take up a great deal of space and it can be counterproductive to try and store them in hard copy so what's the solution?

Architects, design engineers, builders and artists are just some of the wide range of people who deal with large format documents on a daily basis. One document can be said to be manageable but once they start to accumulate, which they will more often than not, it can cause a huge storage problem. Where exactly can you store a large number of large format drawings where you can find specific ones again should you need them? Well, this is where large format scanning can help...

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Large format scanning offers an effective storage solution for large documents. It involves the scanning of documents using specialist large format scanners and conversion to digital formats such as PDF, TIFF and JPEG. These digital files can also be converted into CAD (Computer Aided Design) files to enable high quality editing of your drawings on screen. Any size document right up to A0+ can be digitised and the advantage of digitising them will be the amount of space you can save. For example, perhaps you currently store your large format documents rolled up and stored in cardboard tubes. You might think this is a space saver but a large amount of those tubes can soon overrun your office or premises. Not to mention the fact that they could be damaged or lost stored like this. This is one of the main reasons we find people turning to large format scanning. Digital documents take up only virtual space and can be stored anywhere such as USB, CD, DVD, secure FTP, cloud platforms or any number of devices which makes them much more flexible to work with. We are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier and large format scanning does just that.

Benefits

As well as being a huge space saver, scanning large format documents and storing them digitally instead can also offer a number of other benefits.

  • You can save costs on storage.
  • If you currently hire a member of staff to deal with them, you can save money and generate revenue here too.
  • Digitising is also a big time saver since you can access files with a simple search.
  • You can also make corrections simply without having to create a new document.
  • You can deal with drawings etc. quickly, thus leaving time to do more.
  • With password protection and file encryption, digital documents are more secure than hard copy storage methods.
  • Digital documents are also safe from the damage or loss that paper documents are susceptible to.

Pearl Scan's Large Format Scanning Service

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable large format scanning service for companies and individuals wishing to free up space or enjoy the wide range of other benefits. We have the infrastructure to handle both small and large amounts and can offer a very quick turnaround if needed. If you would like some more information about this service or any of the other scanning services we offer, check out our website and blogs. For a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project, complete our online form by following the relevant links below. 

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Is it Possible for the Government to go Completely Digital?


Back in December, it was announced that the Government are planning on making a big push to digitise public services. But can they do it?

It seems all of the political parties can see the potential savings in going digital with services with Labour calling on "the next government to focus on digital inclusion" and the Conservative's George Osborne announcing the latest digitisation plans.

Where Will The Digitisation Begin?

The report released towards the end of last year outlined plans to digitise all police evidence and witness statement collection to make it easier for lawyers in court to access the evidence for cases.

The idea of easy access seemed to be high on the agenda too with the Government wanting to make a big push for more public services to be accessed online and for "nine out of 10 of the online public" to use digital services by 2020.

How Will They Benefit From Going Digital?

By going digital with public services it is hoped that the Government can free up desperately needed funds first and foremost but the digitisation can also offer benefits to the public too. As I've mentioned, access to essential services will be easier online and time can be saved finding the information they need at the click of a button.

So, what do you think of these new plans? Will they work? Are you on board with going digital?

There are many ways you can go digital too. If you find yourself in the office struggling to find the information you need because it's filed away in poorly organised filing cabinets or if your company is being weighed down by extortionate document storage costs, you should consider document scanning and digital document management. Similarly to the way the Government will digitise the police service, document scanning will make your files and documents available quickly, cheaply and easily.

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  • Going digital with your document management brings a wide range of advantages;
  • You can free up office space previously holding filing cabinets, boxes and folders of documents.
  • Or...you can abolish the cost of storing these documents in off-site storage.
  • Your documents will be more flexible with the ability to edit, view and share them as you please.
  • You can work with your documents anywhere at any time through shared networks and online cloud platforms.
  • Information can be found at the click of a button with fully indexed and OCR processed digital documents.
  • The costs of paper, printers and ink can be drastically cut down by sharing and editing documents digitally.

Pearl Scan Services

As is hoped with the new Government scheme, going digital can have hugely positive effects on companies and organisations throughout the UK. Here at Pearl Scan, we recognise the benefits that switching to digital document management can have which is why we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable range of scanning services to suit any company. Our services have helped companies from a range of industries including legal, healthcare and NHS, education and human resources.

For more information about the scanning services we offer including document scanning, invoice scanning, scan on demand and business card scanning, get in touch today. We can also provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project. 

 

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Make Manual Processing a Thing of the Past with a Digital Mailroom

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Digitise your incoming mail to easily reduce costs, reclaim valuable time and improve efficiency. A simple process can bring all of those benefits and many more.

What is a Digital Mailroom?

A digital mailroom is a service which collects, digitises and sorts your mail regularly so it can then be stored and dealt with electronically. Many organisations are now turning to this service as a way of dealing with the large amounts of post they receive daily in a more efficient way. In life and business we now deal with a large amount of things digitally so it makes sense to bring your mail into the digital age too and, with the long list of benefits it can bring to companies across a range of sectors, it's not hard to see why so many companies have found the digital mailroom a vital lifeline.

Digital Mailroom- The Advantages

Efficiency-
Simply by having your mail delivered digitally to your computer, laptop, tablet or phone, you can deal with it much more efficiently. You can file it easily to be retrieved at the click of a button as and when you need it. Information can be shared with relevant parties just as easily with the ability to attached the documents to emails and send them anywhere you need in seconds.

Saving Money-
A digital mailroom offers multiple money savers whichever way you look at it. You can save storage costs by storing your mail virtually rather than by physical and often extremely costly means. You can also save money by eliminating any need to hire extra staff to sort through your post, especially if you deal with large amounts daily.

Document Security-
Paper mail can easily be rummaged through and read by unwanted intruders but with digital files you can encrypt and password protect the data to provide a more secure means ofdigital mail receiving your company mail.

Reclaim Space-
Without the need for a space to sort your incoming mail each morning, office space can be used more resourcefully. You will also eliminate the need to store paper documents sent to you in filing cabinets or other means of storage.

Green Credentials-
By dealing with your mail digitally, you will reduce the need to use and store paper documents. You can encourage other workers in the office to deal with correspondences digitally to boost your green credentials and lower the carbon footprint of your office.

Reduce Stress-
With a digital mailroom, you will no longer need to worry about dealing with all of the company mail in-house. With all of the benefits a digital mailroom brings you can rest easy that your mail will be in safe hands and delivered much more efficiently.

What Can Be Scanned?

Everything that comes to your company through the post can be digitised from invoices and letters to contacts and cheque payable. Each document can be sorted into relevant categories to make it easy for you to view your daily mail. Through OCR processing and indexing, all you will need to do is search the file by title, date, sender etc and you will find the document you need.

Digital Mailroom Services

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a bespoke yet affordable digital mailroom service bringing with it all of the benefits mentioned above. We can collect your mail from your office, local sorting office or from a designated PO Box each morning (Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays) with our secure nationwide collection service. Once at our premises, we will sort, scan and index all of your mail including invoices and cheques which can also be recorded into a separate spreadsheet for your reference. Your digital files can then be made available to you via secure FTP, emailed to you or placed on our online cloud platform, Pearl Cloud. The original documents can then be returned to you, placed into deep storage here at our secure premises or shredded and disposed of.

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

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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 damage. 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.invoice processing 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.

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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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