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Improving Healthcare Software Development with IDP Data Extraction | Apryse

By Riley Kooh | 2024 Apr 05

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The blog discusses the surge in telehealth apps post-pandemic. We introduce the latest concepts and benefits of Apryse Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) solutions. Keep reading for a deep dive into how we aid healthcare app developers in data extraction. Apryse IDP utilizes advanced algorithms for layout recognition, structured data output, and compliance, enhancing functions like EHR management, insurance claims, clinical research, and patient engagement.

Introduction

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It should come as no shock that in the wake of a global pandemic that pushed us into the largest remote workforce in history, that apps dedicated to our healthcare have become normalcy. This massive boom in telehealth solutions in recent years can be seen as now nearly 50% of patients in 2023 report using mobile healthcare apps, and 40% of physicians reporting ‘telehealth’ as a skill, doubling from 20% in 2020.

But with stringent regulations surrounding the extraction and processing of data from documents within healthcare, app developers in the healthcare space are faced with a challenge. Apryse Commercial SDKs provide a solution.

With the introduction of Apryse's new Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) solution, developers now have access to a powerful tool that can revolutionize data extraction processes, leading to improved patient care and operational efficiency.

Apryse IDP In a Nutshell

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Apryse IDP's data extraction capability is built on advanced algorithms that leverage machine learning and natural language processing techniques. Unlike traditional methods that rely on manual templating and rule creation, Apryse IDP works right out of the box, automatically recognizing document layouts and extracting structured and semi-structured data with unparalleled accuracy.

Interested in learning more about the technical side of Apryse IDP? Check out our in-depth documentation here.

What Are the Benefits?

For developers in the healthcare app development space, integrating Apryse IDP into their applications offers several technical advantages:

  1. API Integration: Apryse IDP is designed to be seamlessly integrated into existing healthcare applications using the Apryse Server SDK. Developers can leverage their preferred programming languages to embed the API and customize the data extraction workflow according to their specific requirements.
  2. Scalability: Healthcare applications often deal with large volumes of PDF documents containing patient records, medical reports, and other critical information. Apryse IDP's scalable architecture ensures reliable performance even when processing a high volume of documents, enabling developers to meet the demands of growing user bases.
  3. Document Layout Recognition: PDF documents come in various layouts, making data extraction challenging. Apryse IDP's algorithms can accurately identify different document structures, including tables, paragraphs, and headers/footers. This layout awareness ensures that data is extracted in the correct context, preserving the natural reading order of the document.
  4. Structured Data Output: Apryse IDP extracts data into structured formats such as JSON or Excel, providing developers with clean and organized data that can be easily integrated into healthcare applications. This structured output simplifies data processing, analysis, and visualization, empowering developers to build more robust and user-friendly applications.
  5. Table and Cell Recognition: Healthcare documents often contain tabular data, such as lab results or medical records. Apryse IDP's table detection and tabular data extraction capabilities accurately identify table boundaries, rows, and columns, ensuring that tabular data is extracted correctly and can be further analyzed or visualized within the application.
  6. Compliance and Security: Healthcare applications must comply with strict regulations such as HIPAA to ensure patient data privacy and security. Apryse IDP prioritizes data security by securely extracting and handling sensitive patient information from PDF documents, helping developers maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

How Apryse Affects Day-to-Day Healthcare App Functions

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Now, let's delve deeper into the actual outcomes that Apryse clients experience after integrating Apryse solutions and benefiting from IDP within their healthcare software applications.

Efficient Electronic Health Record (EHR) Management:

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are the lifeblood of modern healthcare, streamlining patient care and ensuring continuity across healthcare providers. Apryse IDP facilitates extraction of data from PDF-based patient records, enabling healthcare providers to populate and update EHRs with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

Instead of spending hours manually inputting data, clinicians can focus their time and expertise on patient care, confident in the reliability of the information at their fingertips. This enhanced efficiency translates into more streamlined workflows, reduced administrative burden, and ultimately, improved patient outcomes.

Streamlined Insurance Claims Processing:

Navigating the intricacies of insurance claims processing is a time-consuming task for healthcare facilities, often fraught with delays and errors – with over 30% of claims taking over 3 months to be paid out. Apryse IDP offers a new approach for document processing applications to handle this process by automatically extracting pertinent data from insurance forms and related documents.

By swiftly and accurately capturing information such as patient demographics, diagnoses, and procedures, this accelerates the claims processing workflow, ensuring that healthcare providers receive timely reimbursements. Moreover, the reduction in manual data entry minimizes the risk of errors, leading to fewer claim denials and improved financial performance for healthcare organizations.

Enhanced Clinical Research:

Advancements in healthcare rely heavily on the insights gleaned from clinical research. Apryse empowers researchers to expedite the data collection process by automatically extracting relevant information from research papers and scientific documents. By swiftly identifying key data points, such as patient demographics, treatment protocols, and outcomes, Apryse IDP enables researchers to analyze larger datasets in less time, accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation in healthcare.

This enhanced efficiency in data extraction can lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments, improved patient care standards, and ultimately, better health outcomes for individuals worldwide.

Improved Patient Engagement:

Patient engagement is increasingly recognized as a cornerstone of effective healthcare delivery. Apryse IDP plays a pivotal role in fostering patient engagement by providing individuals with access to their medical records and relevant information in a user-friendly format.

Whether through patient portals or mobile applications, Apryse IDP enables patients to actively participate in their healthcare journey, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health and treatment options. By promoting transparency and collaboration between patients and providers, Apryse IDP strengthens the patient-provider relationship and promotes a patient-centric approach to healthcare delivery.

Compliance and Security:

Compliance with healthcare regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is paramount for safeguarding patient data privacy and security. Apryse IDP prioritizes compliance by securely extracting and handling sensitive patient information from PDF documents.

By automating data extraction processes, Apryse IDP reduces the risk of human error and ensures adherence to regulatory requirements. Moreover, Apryse IDP employs advanced encryption and data protection measures to safeguard patient data throughout the extraction and processing workflow, providing healthcare organizations with peace of mind and ensuring the integrity of patient information.

Conclusion

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In conclusion, Apryse's IDP data extraction feature represents a game-changer for healthcare app developers, offering a comprehensive yet low-maintenance solution to the challenges associated with processing data from medical documents.

If you’re interested in learning more on the latest in our IDP releases, check out our V2 release blog here.

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