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Backfile Scanning Takes a Step Forward

Posted by Michael Thomas on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 @ 02:23 PM

Backfile Scanning is becoming increasingly important for companies who begin Document Imaging projects. Most of the time, these projects start innocently enough, with a company looking to take advantage of the many benefits that electronic document management has to offer - reduced costs, improved efficiency, increased compliance, etc. Soon after though, the glamorous vision of the paperless office is quickly replaced by a harsh reality - someone has to do all the work!
Document ScanningWhether you're scanning medical charts, converting loan files, or processing applications, Document Imaging is never as simple as just putting some pages through a scanner. This is especially true when dealing with a backfile scanning project. In order to start the process, someone needs to go through the files and remove all of the staples, repair dog-eared corners, tape small pages, and partake in other fun paper-processing tasks. In addition, the files must be sorted correctly to ensure that the structure of the files will be meaningful and useful when the files make their way to the document imaging system. This process involves inserting barcoded separator pages or stacking the pages in a specific way to allow the system to recognize one document from another. Quite often people don't realize that this manual document preparation work is required before you've even put the first page through the scanner.

After the preparation is done, the files must then go through the scanner and be captured as images. This too seems easy enough, except that most document scanners are not designed to handle thousands or tens of thousands of pages in a day. High Volume scanning requires specialized equipment that can sometimes cost $20,000 or more.
If you've made it this far into the process, you now will need to accurately Index your documents by tagging the files with appropriate metadata, or keywords, and then implement a process for Quality Control of scanned documents.
The good news is that the document imaging project isn't the problem. The problem is that Backfile Scanning is a lot of work, and most of the time is better suited to be an outsourced initiative. By outsourcing your backfile scanning, you can keep your staff focused on more productive tasks while a team of professionals handles your scanning needs. By using Outsourced Scanning Services to handle your backfile, all that you're responsible for is a fixed price per image. The service provider will be responsible for handling the document preparation, scanning, indexing and quality control and would provide you with images via CD, DVD or FTP.

To find out more about our backfile scanning services, check out our Document Scanning Services section and contact us to see how we can help with your specific requirements.

Tags: Document Scanning, Document Imaging, Medical Record Scanning