Written by: John Lynn
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over my years implementing EMR software and talking with others who implement EMR software is the need to have a heavy duty scanner available. Anyone who is still under the illusion that implementing an EMR will lead them to a “paperless office” is just mistaken.
While you will be able to largely do away with your paper charts, you will still have plenty of paper floating around your office. Much of that paper will come through your printer (EMR software is great at printing records), at your front desk, and brought in by your patients. The best way to deal with this influx of paper in your office is to purchase a heavy duty scanner. You can see that I have added a number of heavy duty scanners on my EMR Technology Products list and after this review you will see why I’m adding the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 scanner to that list as well.
I was able to test out the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125for the last month and I have been quite pleased with its performance. The quality, speed, accuracy, and functionality of the scanner was as good as any of the other scanners I have used or implemented before. Plus, it comes in at about half the price of the relatively comparable Fujitsu fi-6130 scanner and just a touch more expensive than the Ambir imageScan Pro 820i. That makes it a great value for those looking for a high volume scanner for their medical office.
What might be the imageFORMULA DR-C125′s best feature is the ability to switch to the U-turn scanning mode which stacks the scanned pages neatly in an upright tray or to have the scanned pages sent through the bottom of the scanner. The bottom scanning is best used when scanning thicker items like ID cards or credit cards. This simple switch on the side of the scanner is a great feature that can save a lot of desk space since you don’t have to leave room below the scanner for the scanned pages. Plus, the upright U-turn scanning pathway makes it easy for you to grab the scanned pages from the scanner.
Along with standard features such as duplex scanning, auto-duplex recognition, and card scanning the imageFORMULA DR-C125 has a number of features worth noting. It has a really simple one touch scanning button which integrates well with the CaptureOnTouch software. The scanner also supports OCR (Optical Character Recognition) of the scanned documents and supports the TWAIN driver which is supported by most EHR software vendors.
Another really cool feature is the Ultrasonic Double-Feed Detection that comes with the scanner. This ensures that no data is lost in the event that a double-feed occurs during scanning. You can resolve the double-feed as it occurs which will save you time having to re-scan items.
I was quite pleased with the simple usability of the CaptureOnTouch software that’s provided with the scanner. I loved how it simply handled combining multiple scans into one document (if so desired). The scanner also comes with the more advanced PaperPort 11 and OmniPage (which you’ll need for OCR). I’m a big fan of PaperPort software for many situations, but in most healthcare situations you will likely want to integrate your scanner directly to your EHR software and so you won’t likely need the PaperPort functions.
I’d say my only real complaint about the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 scanner was that it has a bit of a plasticy feel to its design. I haven’t run into any troubles with the design myself, but those trained in the visual aesthetics of Apple like design will likely be disappointed by its visual appeal. I’m personally a function over form kind of guy in most situations and the DR-C125 function makes up for whatever it lacks in form.
For those who have the environment on your mind, you’ll be happy to know that the imageFORMULA DR-C125 meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.
I’m glad to add the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 scanner to my list of EMR Technology products. If there are other questions you have about the scanner, I’d love to get them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Full Disclosure: Canon is an advertiser on the site and provided me the scanner to review.