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Another emerging technology that is gaining ground is robotic process automation (RPA). This technology can be configured to perform actions within and between systems. RPA uses robots to automate workflows and manage complex and repetitive tasks involving electronic health records (EHR), payer sites and financial systems. RPA systems can be used to automate certain workflows in patient intake, authorizations and reauthorizations and revenue cycle management.
When double checking a patient’s authorization, for instance, a staff member typically has to login to the EHR and enter information from that system into a payer portal, as well as download required documentation and in turn update the EHR with the authorization data. RPA can automate the data entry process, eliminating several steps, according to Joe Randesi, co-founder & CEO, Element5.
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