According to the guidelines of the Federal Stimulus package (ARRA), in 2015 clinic and hospital records must be submitted digitally. Hospitals and some clinics have begun this process and many smaller clinics are expected to also start scanning their files. The human resources department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has an employee dedicated to scanning files.
Recruiting manager Corrine Shepherd turned to Lifeworks, which brought a young man with autism to the organization's Eagan campus.
"He is very detail oriented. He has a memory like a steel trap. He can remember the instructions, and he can look for details and errors like no one else that we've worked with, so he's been doing a superb job there.
"It's also been just a good fit for his skills because it's very repetitive, and once he's learned the tasks and learned how to look for certain things, we've been able to give him new tasks, so we move from doing basic kinds of scanning jobs to more complex scanning jobs where he had to start making some decisions for himself, checking in with us from time to time. But it's been very good for him and for us to work together and to see him really kind of blossom here at Blue Cross."