The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure went paperless for their January 11, 2012 meeting. Staff turned on their iPads instead of flipping through the voluminous binders of materials they used in the past. With one binder often having more than 500 pages, the Board is saving thousands of sheets of paper.
All of the relevant data was scanned to a temporary file that was located on a secure server, once board members were notified by email, they downloaded the data to their individual iPads. January's meeting had more than 40 items dealing with matters like disciplinary action against physician assistants, physicians, and other related professions the board members regulate.
The total page count for the January meeting 777 pages. With 15 notebooks needed, that results in saving 11,655 pages of paper. The Board holds seven meetings a year, resulting in a large amount of paper saved. With the savings from paper, staff time, and postage, the return on investment for the iPads will be recouped in 2012.
"In a time of doing of doing more with less, we wanted to maximize staff for doing other productive agency work."
Lyle Kelsey, executive director
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