Across the country, millions of kids are picking out school supplies. Now more than ever, there are a million choices: do you get the yellow #2 pencils, or mechanical ones with sparkles, or the kind with fidget spinners attached? At the end of the day, what’s important is that each kid has a device to take notes in class.
The situation is similar with many grownup tools, including OCR technology. While OCR tools may come with all kinds of bells and whistles, what’s important at the end of the day is that if there’s a document in your repository, it will surface when it’s relevant to your search.
This is no small problem – many organizations report that up to 30% of documents fail to surface in searches, because the documents are in an image format which is not text-based and therefore not indexed.
The simple solution? Ricochet.
Ricochet is a file format conversion tool and a generalized engine to automate the stable and parallel processing of files, including to PDF. Ricochet increases the value of content, document, and records management systems by automatically detecting any PDFs in a repository that are not text searchable and making them so. The outcome is a consistently searchable document repository and end-users who do not need to worry about what is and isn’t included in their search results.
For Gillette Children’s Hospital, implementation of Ricochet not only saved labor costs, but also opened up their ability to conduct “cross-sectional” searching—for example, pull up every document showing where “drug X was used by males aged 10-20 seen between May 1 and July 15 of 2011.” For Gillette, this functionality was a real difference-maker —giving researchers the power to measure outcomes and dramatically improve patient care.
Could Ricochet make a difference for your organization? Find out by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.