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Data Capture Solution Could Translate Clinical Notes into EHRs

October 27, 2015
by Heather Landi
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IBM announced a new data capture solution that uses cognitive computing capabilities to extract information from documents and the tech company said it could help physicians transfer hand-written clinical notes into electronic health records (EHRs).

“By applying a combination of advanced imaging, natural language processing and machine learning technologies, IBM Datacap Insight Edition can automatically classify and understand the document – including format and structure, as well words and numeric information – from any document type to help businesses quickly and accurately determine the appropriate action to take,” the company said in a press release.

According to the company, within the healthcare industry, the data capture solution could enable physicians and hospitals to transfer hand-written notes and images into EHRs for analysis and filing.

The solution also has applicability to the banking, finance and insurance industries.

By analyzing the content, IBM Datacap Insight Edition can identify which content to apply analytics to at the point of capture, while continually learning about new document types for future use and overall faster processing, the company says.

“Integrating cognitive capabilities within document capture helps eliminate the need for time-consuming and costly manual intervention while maintaining the accuracy and speed required by businesses,” Beth Smith, general manager, IBM Analytics Platforms, said. “And even more importantly, cognitive capture allows a business to learn as it processes more transactions to continuously improve speed and accuracy, while making evidence-based decisions around critical day-to-day tasks and interactions.”


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