Perceptive Software, Inc., today announced that the Army National Guard Bureau selected ImageNow® integrated document management, imaging and workflow to provide instant document access, data security and other benefits that will support the Bureau's medical readiness initiative.
ImageNow will complement the advantages delivered by ASM Research's Medical Operational Data System (MODS), an integrated, online automation system that supports all phases of the Army Medical Department's (AMEDD) Human Resource Life Cycle Management in both peacetime and mobilization. MODS gives commanders, staffs and functional managers of AMEDD organizations a real-time source of information on the qualifications, training, special pay and readiness of AMEDD personnel, and the medical readiness of all soldiers in the Army, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.
ASM Research was commissioned by the Army National Guard Bureau to find an electronic document management solution that supports HIPAA compliance, requires a minimal hardware investment and has a low lifetime cost. ImageNow was the only product evaluated that met these criteria. ASM Research anticipates a timely implementation that will deliver an immediate return on investment.
"ImageNow is proven to be effective in similar implementations that require the support of HIPAA," said George Nebeling, senior program manager at ASM Research. "The ease and time of deployment also appealed to us."
Patented LearnMode™ technology that will facilitate seamless integration between ImageNow and the National Guard Bureau's MODS modules was another key decision point.
"ImageNow will work hand in glove with MODS, and implementation does not alter existing business processes," Nebeling said. "We won't have to spend much time training users because ImageNow is so user-friendly."
Medical/personnel actions in the National Guard are documented and mailed through the chain of command; from soldiers' local units, to state offices and on to the National Guard Bureau's headquarters. Storing all documentation as electronic document images on the central ImageNow server will speed this process and eliminate the need to archive, retrieve and mail paper documents.
"ImageNow will provide incredible time savings and allow personnel to focus on key responsibilities," Nebeling said. "It leverages soldiers' available time, which is limited as many are employed on a part-time basis."
When the National Guard Bureau relied on paper documentation, soldiers often waited weeks for medical actions to be processed, a frustrating experience that delayed the delivery of non-urgent medical care and compensation for that treatment. ImageNow gives authorized users instant access to soldiers' medical records, allowing armed forces personnel to receive the treatment they need, now.
"By dramatically speeding medical readiness processes, ImageNow ensures that soldiers are reimbursed quickly for medical care expenses, and are provided with timely access to continued care," Nebeling said.
National Guard Bureau medical managers print patient documents and bar-coded cover sheets, and fax them to the MODS ImageNow repository. The ImageNow Recognition Agent recognizes barcode index values and the documents are automatically imported into ImageNow by ImageNow Fax Agent. With a single-click on the MODS button, users view medical documents in ImageNow or WebNow, the browser-based complement to ImageNow that gives soldiers and healthcare providers anywhere in the world real-time data access.
"ImageNow helps return soldiers to medical readiness quickly," Nebeling said. "This is crucial in an age when the Army National Guard must be rapidly mobilized."
About ASM Research
Founded in 1979, ASM Research, Inc. is a leading provider of information technology solutions and advanced analytical services to government clients. ASM designs, integrates, maintains and upgrades state-of-the-art systems for national defense, intelligence, readiness, manpower, personnel, training, medical, and other high priority government missions. The organization also provides government clients with the systems analysis, integration, and program management skills necessary to manage their mission systems development and operations.
About Perceptive Software
Perceptive Software, Inc., develops integrated document management, imaging and workflow software solutions that simplify business processes by delivering secure, digitized versions of paper and other electronic documents while leveraging existing applications. Customers in a broad range of industries worldwide have taken advantage of ImageNow, Perceptive Software's flagship software offering.