A comprehensive, cloud computing, document management solution has many advantages. Any organization will benefit from the increased productivity, automated workflow, visibility of compliance, and automated paper trail to reduce liability. But the most obvious reason reason to rid yourself of a paper based system- is to simply get rid of the paper itself!
Brett Juchem on Brighthub.com does a great job here explaining the threats the physical paper itself can have on the very health of health care organizations.
Among the highlights:
Transmission. Electronic records are simple to transmit, and provide inbuilt protection methods such as encryption.
Storage. Electronic records are compact and can be backed up readily to protect from damage from water and tear, fire, water, coffee etc.
Searching. Looking for information is facilitated by the use of structured coding schema and query languages.
Sorting. Electronic records can be sorted any number of ways.