Using Technology to Attract Talent

By Sharon Linsenbach  |  Posted 2008-04-24 Print this article Print

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The documents are made legally binding through a combination of graphical signature representations stored in SQL and digital credentials and identity verification through Active Directory, Natale said.

Besides pleasing tech-savvy physicians, the technology has other benefits, said Randy Fusco, Microsoft's chief technology officer and strategist for its U.S. health care provider unit. Top doctors who are impressed with the ease of access and the shortened delay before they can begin work will recommend their hospital to peers and colleagues, Fusco said. There are financial benefits as well, since the faster physicians can get to work, the faster revenue is generated for the hospital.

There's also administrative savings. Englewood was previously spending about $300,000 annually on printed forms, Natale said. Over the next three or four years, the IntelliSafe Vault system will save the hospital just under $1 million, he said.

There are also positive impacts on patient care, since staff members no longer have to chase down lost or delayed paper forms, or manually track approvals, giving them more time to focus on patient care and accurately maintaining records.

In addition, the system includes functionality that eases HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) auditing and compliance by generating detailed document tracing.

"Auditors or administrators can use Microsoft Office to track exactly where documents and records have been and for how long, right down to the millisecond," said Natale.


Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at

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