Orlando, Fla. – Guinness Book of World Records this week recorded a document scan that measured just less than three quarters of a mile long at the 2008 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, the healthcare IT industry’s largest annual event. The record-setting uninterrupted scan, of a fetal monitor event, measured 3,875 feet and lasted one hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds. Bowe Bell + Howell (BBH), Durham, N.C., employees used the Trūper 3600 low-volume production scanner to process the extra-long document.
The scan sets the stage for insurers seeking to create a paperless environment via accurate recording of a variety of paper documents in a reliable manner.
Guinness World Records judge Gareth Deaves traveled to Orlando from London to validate the record. He confirmed that the attempt met the criteria set forth by Guinness World Records, including that the scanned document was a continuous file in one single page, and that the original document was made out of paper.
“We are pleased to recognize Bowe Bell + Howell as new Guinness World Record holders for the Longest Scanned Document at 3,875 feet,” Deaves said.
Key to BBH’s world record was the Trūper scanner’s new long document handling feature. The feature is designed to enable healthcare organizations to scan long, vital medical records, such as fetal monitoring strips and EKG printouts. Long document handling on Trūper is user-selectable, which means users can switch between long and regular page modes. This function helps healthcare organizations minimize paper and reduce errors in healthcare records.
Source: Bowe Bell + Howell
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