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But as Rotelli readily will tell you, through chaos comes order.

And his Business Imaging Systems company has been specializing in that for more than 25 years.

Quite simply, BIS takes a company’s information and makes it more accessible. Much of that is accomplished by helping companies transition from paper to electronic records. Another part is through setting companies up with their own digital infrastructure and helping them manage and protect it.

“Nothing’s ever the same,” says Rotelli, who likens his business to a construction company. “We have to become experts in our clients’ business,
learn the ins and outs. You really have to understand what makes their
business move, what makes them money. You use that information to make
their data and info more user-friendly and protect that information.”

The Golden Tee machine
and fully stocked soft-drink bar is just a diversion, because Rotelli
expects his employees to dive into their clients’ work.

Morning boot camps are routine, as are fantasy football teams.

“These guys are spending a lot of personal time together,” Rotelli says. “The truth is, it’s a culture of people who enjoy one another’s company. People will be spending lots of time here. We make it the kind of place they want to be, not the place they have to be.”

Eighty employees man the corporate headquarters in Edmond, but the company also has offices in Tulsa, Dallas and Birmingham, Ala.

Rotelli
bought the business from Pete Sinclair, who started it in 1986 and
hired Rotelli in sales in 1989. The microfilm age preceded the digital
one, and Rotelli could see where the business needed to go.

“I
would say as much as 100% of the companies we all encounter on a daily
basis have more paper records than they would like,” Rotelli says. “They
certainly have more unstructured content (than they would like) that
they can’t retrieve.”

Mercy
Health System turned to BIS to help with the federally mandated
transition to electronic health records nearly a decade ago.

Mercy’s
Oklahoma City director of health information management, Gena Cowan,
says Mercy now is among the 10% of health systems in the U.S. that fully
have integrated medical records for its patients.

At the time, that transition involved moving nearly 26 million paper records into the digital age.

“Working with a local company like BIS to accomplish this process allowed for hands-on, close collaboration,” Cowan says.

The decision comes down to people over paper.

“The
result is better care for our patients,” Cowan says. “They have
immediate, 24/7 access to their medical history, immunization records,
test results, etc. — and so do their doctors, allowing them to make
decisions to provide the best care possible.”

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