Founder of the PDF Association recently at the Schliersee Conference the special interest group (SIG) PDF/A in health care”. Berlin, February 16, 2012. During the traditional annual kick-off Conference in healthcare, seven member companies participated in the inaugural meeting of the Foundation. The SIG aims, continue to promote the theme of PDF/A in the health care sector. First planned actions are the creation of white papers on the subject of PDF/A in health care”as well as a joint participation of this year ConHIT, the industry gathering for healthcare IT. In healthcare, the retention periods of medical records be up to 30 years and more. In addition to classic documents such as medical letters, findings, lab reports, etc., often also other objects such as x-rays, tomography scans are to be kept long.
Due to these requirements is the topic long-term archiving in the health care of high importance. PDF/A as an ISO certified format for long-term archiving offers decisive advantages for the digitization of health records. She include Possibility to scan color documents. In addition, the documents are full-text enabled. Necessary signatures can be realized in modern PDF format embedded signatures. Finally you can PDF/A as Exchange format between the information sources (hospitals, clinics or surgeries) and information consumers (patients, therapists or doctors) without high expenses. In addition, the transformation ability between PDF/A, and XML is / CDA an important and forward-looking perspective in the health market, because in the long run is the long-term stability alone is no longer sufficient.
The special interest group OPTIMALLY founded the seven member companies of PDF Association DMI, eHealthOpen, intarsys, LurTech, system, digiseal, and the LRC. In addition, company of BancTec within the SIG as a non-member will engage. Companies that also are interested, to participate in the SIG independent invites the PDF Association Association membership.