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EHRs and the Paper Monster
Health Leaders Media

While electronic health records are helping to move the industry toward being paperless, the goal remains elusive, if not unlikely. Complicating the effort is that certain documents, including those created and forwarded by payers, researchers, and administrators, live outside the electronic health record.

The EHRs themselves have limited capabilities to search and organize scanned paper records, many of which are still stored as images, while others go through optical character recognition (OCR) or intelligent character recognition (ICR) in order to be indexed and searched.