In acknowledgement of Earth Day, ABI® Document Support Services, the industry leader for record retrieval and document management, urges businesses to reduce their carbon footprints by investing in digital records retrieval and analysis technology.
According to ABI’s Director of Field Operations Parviz Rezvani, the investment helps businesses to demand, use, and dispose of less paper.
“Cases and claims often result in several boxes of paper files. It doesn’t take long for a firm to accumulate hundreds of boxes filled with tens of thousands of paper documents,” Rezvani explained. “Obviously, the demand for this much paper has a negative impact on the environment. Any business concerned with protecting the environment has an alternative that makes a difference compared to wasteful traditional practices.”
Electronic records will replace paper eventually, but for the time being, the industry still has millions of pages that need to be converted to electronic files. Law firms and claims adjusters can help expedite this shift by ordering, receiving, and analyzing their records digitally.
State and federal courts across the country have recognized the need to cut back on paper consumption as well. Federal courts began accepting electronically filed documents as early as 2001 and have received over 500 million e-filed documents since launching its electronic case files platform. Although paper is still prominent in the legal and claims industries, the demand for digital record retrieval and paperless analysis options has increased as document management solutions like eSummary by ABI™ leads the industry evolution toward secure digital document review, analysis and summarization.
Many medical professionals and entities have not assigned time or budget to provide copies electronically. “When an insurance company or their defense counsel require copies of the claimant’s records, they can rely on a service provider such as ABI to scan, deliver, and host those documents digitally,” Rezvani added. “Not to mention, digital records are delivered at a fraction of the cost and time when compared to paper records. It’s truly a win-win for both the business and the environment.”
For 2016, rather than generating more paper copies from original paper records, ABI scanned over 7,000,000 documents – and more than half of those pages were scanned at medical provider’s offices. ABI’s sole corporate focus is records retrieval. That focus, combined with ABI’s commitment to innovative document management solutions raises the bar this Earth Day for companies seeking to implement powerful, paperless solutions for records retrieval, review analysis and summarization.
Parviz Rezvani serves ABI as the Director of Operations – California Order Entry, Field & Production. He has more than 30 years of experience in the record retrieval industry and is an integral part of ABI’s transition from paper-based processing to a completely digital environment.