Case Study

Creating a Unit Cost Reduction While Increasing Efficiency in HIM

Challenge

Provide better service to physicians, improve cost structure, evaluate different sourcing components, and improve efficiency.

Solution

Solarity with document review services

Results

27% unit cost reduction

300% increase in efficiency

99.764% accuracy

12 – 36 hour decrease in chart turnaround time

Two health information leaders for a multi-hospital healthcare system in the northwest faced a familiar battle. They were charged with finding significant cost savings in the HIM department through optimization, outsourcing, or co-sourcing.  In search of a solution they identified a significant opportunity for improvement in the medical record scanning and indexing process at the five hospitals and 100 clinics across the organization.

HIM leadership identified that indexing was the single most time intensive and costly step.

With  95 staff members operating in five hospitals, and dozens of dedicated and non-dedicated HIM staff in the clinics,  HIM leadership identified that the process of indexing records was the single most time intensive and costly step.  They also believed that there would be significant value in implementing a standardized solution across all acute and ambulatory locations.

 

Increasing Efficiency in HIM

The healthcare system was on a quest to provide better service for physicians, improve cost structure, evaluate different sourcing components, and improve medical record scanning and indexing efficiency.  With these goals in mind, the healthcare system leaders chose to partner with EDCO® Health Information Solutions after learning about Solarity®, EDCO’s patented scanning and indexing software at the national AHIMA conference.

The healthcare system leaders chose to leverage the strengths of both organization by co-sourcing and implementing the Solarity with Review services solution. With this model, the healthcare system scans records in large batches and electronically routes the images through EDCO’s Solarity software for document recognition and automatic indexing.  Indexed images are then reviewed for 99% or better quality by EDCO staff and are available in the EDMS in less than 12 hours from scanning, often in as little as one hour.

The elimination of the indexing responsibility from the hospital and clinic staff allowed scanning personnel to move to centralized areas and for HIM to reorganize into a smaller, more cohesive, and more efficient department.

 

Solarity Provides Impressive Cost and Time Savings

By leveraging the patented Solarity solution and redesigning the operational workflow of documents, the organization was able to optimize efficiencies and create a unit cost reduction of 27%.  This equated to a savings of $771,161 in the first year. The solution also produced a 300% time savings for the healthcare system staff and reduced chart turnaround time in the scanning and indexing process from 24 – 36 hours to 1 – 12 hours.

This equated to a savings of $771,161 in the first year.

The guaranteed reduction in turnaround time ensures that all clinically relevant information is available in the EMR within 24 hours of creation. This guarantee ultimately aided the health system in their goal to reach Stage 7 of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model.  Only four percent of US hospitals have achieved this prestigious award.

 

 

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