Tuesday 16th October, 2012
2:05pm to 2:45pm
Paper forms hold valuable structured, computable data. The community’s slow progress in adopting digital tools suggest that a long tail of paper will persist long after early adopters go digital. The primary challenges are the cost of converting paper backlogs, and the business workflow and user behavior changes necessary to adopt digital tools. Organizations are choosing keep their paper processes, and digitize paper in batches for compliance and reporting. If we want health data now, we must embrace the paper challenge.
This panel will discuss the persistence of paper, importance of paperbound data, and potential of leveraging that data. We bring together health and tech perspectives for a deep dive into this ever-present problem. We’ll hear four panelists, representing payers, strategists, healthcare technology VCs, and health-oriented startups.
Discussion will center around: (1) The scenarios where paper use is most problematic (2) The ROI of digitizing backlog forms, as well as, on-going operational forms (3) The potential of health data partnerships, and the network effect on public, de-identified datasets (4) The trends in health tech startups, and how they tackle the paper problem (5) Tools, new and old, for extracting structured data from paper forms
A new generation of innovative health technologies can be created with the help of a paper form data extraction API. These new tools, coupled with community desire to sponsor public, shared datasets, have the potential to generate great value on top of existing paper-based workflows, and pave the way for smoother digital tools adoption.
Co-founder of @Captricity, @UCBerkeley PhD, represent.berkeley.edu bio from Twitter
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