Scanning and indexing medical records is a time consuming task exacerbated by the sheer number of document types that exist in a healthcare facility, and the requirement to classify each document to its specified type to a patient’s chart. Several technologies exist to automate this process and eliminate the manual assignment of document types.
Content recognition is an emerging technology used successfully for medical record document indexing and classification. This technology mines the entire typed content on the document opposed to using specific field extraction, template forms, form IDs, or bar codes to identify and classify the document type.
In part two of this article, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of two other methods of automating document classification.