The past several years have seen many of the nation's health care providers – regardless of size – move to adopt the latest and most effective document management platforms as a means of getting a better handle on the large quantities of personal and medical data they protect. That's a trend that is widely seen within the industry as being likely to continue for some time to come.

Today, many care providers are reconsidering their own internal best practices when it comes to document management, automated workflows and more, as a means of determining whether this is the right time to update their platforms, according to Giga Om. The fact is that with so much adoption, there is an excellent opportunity for companies and individual employees to get more value out of such software on an ongoing basis, increase efficiency, reduce errors and more.

What can be done?
When care providers are looking for ways to improve their operations, a holistic examination of their document management efforts is often a great way to start, because so much of what they do flows through those channels, the report said. The more that can be done to ensure data is being shared smoothly across these platforms, and that everyone knows how to get the most out of them, the better off all involved will be.

The time is now
The reason it might be imperative for health care decision-makers to determine the efficacy of their existing platforms sooner rather than later is that new data has emerged to show just how big the demand for medical document management systems is going to grow in the next several years, according to Research and Markets. Between 2018 and 2025, the market for these software solutions is likely to grow at a compound annual rate of more than 10 percent, to some $630 million per year at the end of that stretch.

With this industry trend in mind, the more health care companies can do to evaluate their current needs and potential solutions now – especially if they have older records that need to be scanned into the system – the better off they will be when it comes to finding a platform that works for them going forward.