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Bernd Wild

PDF/A Competence Center, Member of the Board; intarsys consulting GmbH, Karls­ruhe, Germany
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Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.

Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.

Refried PDF

My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…

Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!

Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

Session Intro – Track D: Health Care

Health care is an application area that is currently subject to radical digitalization. On the one hand, the growth of classic paper archives is becoming a logistical and organisational problem, due to the current flood of documents that must be maintained for at least 30 years. On the other hand, the increasingly electronic formats of laboratory, X-ray, clinical and examination systems demand adequate electronic archiving. When archiving electronic documents that frequently result from scans, the classic TIFF format still always prevails. However, an increase in the PDF/A format in the medium term is also expected here because this provides superior provisions for metadata, electronic signatures and, in particular, the search options using full-text. And this occurs in file sizes that are comparable or even smaller than the TIFF equivalent.

The presentation from Prof. Paul Schmücker about “Long-Term Archiving of Medical Documents” provides an overview of the general requirements for long-term archiving in the clinical environment. He uses practical examples to reveal the special features regarding the length of preservation, legal obligations and requirements of the clinic that we must consider. In this context, PDF/A will play an important role in the future.

The presentation by Carsten Heiermann deals with the topic of practical experience when converting paper documents into an electronic archive. “Archiving Electronic Health Records” describes procedures that were established in other sectors and that are being increasingly used in the Health Care sector in order to create PDF/A documents from scanned patient and treatment records, which can then be transferred to an electronic archive. In this case, the advantages of image compression and embedding OCR texts in PDF/A files are particularly important.

Radiation medicine is a discipline within the Health Care sector that is particularly strongly regulated. In his presentation, Michael Obenland draws on practical experience to describe the use of radioactive material to treat patients and the complex and often drawn-out treatment process. However, “From Medical Forms to PDF/A Documents” goes one step further by introducing, for the first time in a radiotherapy centre, an integrated business process without media disruption based on electronic forms. At the end of this, the forms that have been filled in are converted to PDF/A and the documents are electronically signed before they are transferred into an electronic archive.


Tags: 3rd International PDF/A Conference, Proceedings
Categories: Healthcare, PDF/A