Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of the premier children’s hospitals in the United States. It serves not just the children of St. Louis, but children across the world. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric services, and is also the pediatric teaching hospital for the Washington University School of Medicine. It offers nationally recognized programs for physician training and research.
Under the guidance of Jane Zbinden, RHIA, MBA, they have also taken a leadership position in the transition of health information to digital media. It began a decade ago when they contracted the services of HITS Scanning Solutions, to convert the archived Inpatient and Outpatient files, from paper based to digital. HITS developed a user friendly methodology, which included scanning records on-site, as well as at HITS world headquarters.
From this beginning, Jane Zbinden began overseeing the total conversion of information to electronic medical records, for the superior management of health information, which only a digital file can provide.
And Jane’s vision of total conversion, is just that.
In May of 2011, Jane implemented the conversion of her last hurdle.
The digital conversion of 8000 rolls of microfilm, housing 50 million pages of health information.
“I want my legacy, to this department and this hospital, to be a totally electronic filing system, for my successors to manage. We still get requests for files, that can go back decades. In some ways, the older the request, the more vital the information, as it can be an important historical link, for the requester.”
Jane views her decision to partner with HITS, as just that. A true partnership.
“With HITS state of the art technology and methodology, as well as their professional understanding of the challenges of the modern HIM department, I highly recommend their services.”