Like my coworker so aptly put it yesterday, "Everyone into the e-medical records pool!" Iron Mountain is just the latest tech company to show interest in the rapidly expanding e-health records industry.
Monday, the Boston-based information management specialist introduced Iron Mountain EMR (Electronic Medical Records) Enablement. The new solution will combine the company's document scanning, file archiving, data backup, data recovery, and secure shredding services, among other things, to help hospitals and other health care organizations transition from hard copy records to digital records.
According to a company press release, the solution is designed to:
help hospitals address essential first steps for organizing and digitizing patient information in advance of adopting an EMR system and positioning themselves to receive a share of the billions available in federal incentives for successful implementation.
Billions are available. The government has never been shy about that. The problem is, those incentives come at a price. Organizations must demonstrate successful implementation and meaningful use of an electronic medical records systems. And many providers say the meaningful use regulations set out by the Department of Health and Human Services are vague and not helpful.
Iron Mountain wants to bridge the gap between paper and digital records, according to the company's health care services general manager and SVP, Ken Rubin. He says:
It's no secret that transitioning to an EMR system is the single biggest priority for the healthcare industry, but the scope of the transition is overwhelming.... Our goal is to make the transition more manageable, while reducing the costs and risks of managing this information.