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Our Services: Information Management Solutions

With A Life Expectancy Of 5 Centuries, Microfilm Remains The Archival Standard For Document Preservation

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Document Imaging Solutions

Document imaging services and document scanning services from Advantage Information Management Solutions include indexing and online document hosting. We integrate existing databases with files kept in paper, microfilm, and microfiche. No service bureau can match our experience and state-of-the-art techniques. Projects include multi-million dollar conversions, onsite scanning equipment, and ability, management, and “on-demand” information retrieval.

We have been providing our clients with high volume and even higher quality electronic document imaging service projects from paper, microfilm, and microfiche since 2003. Our average staff member has more than twenty years of experience with sophisticated document scanning services, facilities management, and a broad array of document imaging and data capture services.

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All phases of the document imaging process, such as preparation, document scanning, document indexing, PDF conversion, OCR/ICR, etc. are managed effectively by the experienced team at Advantage IMS. We work closely with our clients through the entire life-cycle of the project utilizing proven project management methodologies. Our experience covers a broad range of document types. We scan items as small as credit card receipts or as large as building floor plans. We have wide experience with difficult papers such as tissue or color copies and two-sided documents. All valuable and fragile papers are evaluated and processed to assure proper care and accurate conversion. Our large assortment of scanners, digital cameras, and other advanced imaging equipment permits us flexibility in our approach and provides the client with the most cost-effective and highest quality deliverable available.

We do not have an “out-of-the-box” approach to digital conversions. Our experience substantiates the common-sense premise that every client’s needs are somewhat different, even within the same industry, government agency, and application area. As a result, every project is customized and tailored to specific client requirements.

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Micrographic Services

  • Overview
  • 16MM Microfilming
  • Microfilm Scanning (16MM or 35MM)
  • Microfiche Scanning


Employing an archive strategy involving microforms is incredibly important. 16MM microfilm, aperture cards, and microfiche provide assurance that the original printed document is always retrievable. Unlike paper documents and digital data, which are both fragile media, microfilm is unalterable.

Microfilm conversion is a multi-step process. At Advantage Information Management Solutions we begin by auditing a random selection of the client’s film and running a project test to determine the scope of work and the best methods for accomplishing the client’s desired end result.

16MM Microfilming

Microfilm remains the most trusted media for storing and preserving critical and historical documents. Content on paper that would be considered vital now and in the future needs to be archived onto microfilm to guarantee they are available when needed. Microfilm should be considered a key component in a disaster recovery plan.

Microfilm Scanning (16MM or 35MM)

In addition, we offer many options for the conversion of microfilm and microfiche to a digital image. Microfilm conversion is a multi-step process. We begin by auditing a random selection of your film and running a project test to determine the scope of work and the best methods for accomplishing the client’s desired end result. As part of this consultative approach, all scanning samples are saved in a template, and examples are sent to our client for approval. Upon approval, scanning begins with an inspection of the film to identify scratches, tears, reels without headers, etc. If problems are found, we notify you so that adjustments can be made. During scanning, variances in film density are automatically adjusted and manually verified. We then automatically locate the position of each individual image within the scanned output and proceed to Quality Inspection. Several inspectors simultaneously confirm the quality of the scanning since quality verification is much more time-consuming than the actual scanning process….and quality is our primary concern. A wide range of validations is meticulously conducted. If corrections are needed, they are done immediately at the inspection station.

The images are indexed according to predetermined criteria. Folders can be created by name, number, date, department, etc. Individual documents can be identified with metadata such as document type, date, subject, etc. Documents and folders that consist of more than one image will be consolidated into multi-image files. Files are then processed for the desired file type (TIFF, JPEG, PDF, and others). If desired, the gray-scale images are converted to black and white (bi-tonal) format. We also offer full-text search using Optical Character Recognition. If the documents will be uploaded into an existing imaging system, the required output structure is generated.

Microfiche Scanning

We offer many options for the conversion of microfiche to digital images. Although similar to microfilm roll scanning, microfiche images must be individually scanned, and the conversion requires more time than roll film. Each microfiche can vary in format, we are set up to convert a wide variety of options. We convert jacketed fiche filmed at various reduction ratios in both simplex and duplex modes. Multiple reduction ratios can exist on one fiche.

We process large single-image fiche containing maps or other large graphic images in grayscale, color, or black and white. We process Computer Output Microfiche and film (COM) containing standardized grids including ultra-high reduction ratios. All of our micrographic conversion services are available as digital conversions at client sites.

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Information Management

In your business, you accumulate critical documents. You need to organize, store and have easy access to all that information. Archiving and retrieving information may not be your core competency. It is ours. Advantage Information Management Solutions (Advantage IMS) manages and provides solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Advantage Archives commercial division has provided document management solutions for many years. We pride ourselves in our understanding of business documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your company and its’ clients.’

A comprehensive document management solution offers comfort and security. Our offerings and tailor-designed to satisfy even the most exacting users. With many tools at our disposal, you will be impressed by the comprehensive solution we will design for your business. Advantage aims to offer a user-friendly experience and simple administration—all of which, together with our extensive integration capabilities and optimum security, combine to allow our information management solution to grow with your requirements well into the future.

With our strength of knowledge and flexibility, you can count on us to provide the solution that fits your needs. Document imaging services and document management services from Advantage Archives include indexing and online document hosting. We integrate existing databases with files kept in paper, microfilm, and microfiche.

AIMS will reduce your costs, retrieval time, and storage requirements. We’ll improve your:

  • Productivity
  • Efficiency
  • Security
  • Confidentiality
  • Savings On Storage
  • Facility Space Usage
  • Client & Employee Satisfaction
  • Cost & Expense Management
  • Quality Control & Quality Assurance
  • Return On Investment
  • Enforcement Of Your Record Retention Policy
  • Accessibility
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Hosted Imaging Services

Data and document hosting services from Advantage IMS include designing and implementing cost-effective Web Based Document Management systems. We use these systems to create a web-accessible archive that leverages the latest online based document management technologies. Advantage IMS provides all administrative, backup, security, software upgrades, systems and database administration, hardware support, and training. Web-based access to the document hosting and management system is available anywhere that has a secure internet connection.

Each application is customized to meet a client’s specific needs for an online web document hosting application. Web-based document management system users can institute a search and retrieval process using previously established indices and document identification classifications.

Only users with approved access to the information are able to retrieve it by use of identification logins and passwords. All transmissions to and from our web-based document hosting and management servers employ 128-bit encryption via a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protected URL. Data presently in electronic formats are integrated at high speed. For source documents, we provide scanning and indexing services from paper, microfilm, microfiche, and aperture cards. Documents may consist of legacy back-file information or day-forward.

Another alternative is to handle legacy data on an “on-demand” basis. We store and then retrieve the data from the original form, convert it and transmit it “on-demand.” Clients can do day-forward scanning and indexing with their own staff or use our services. We afford numerous Internet online records storage, retrieval, and processing alternatives. Data presently stored in electronic formats are integrated at high speed. For source documents, Advantage Archives can scan and index from paper, microfilm, microfiche, and aperture cards. Documents may consist of legacy back-file information or day-forward processing.

Among the web-based document management system options:

  • Advantage Archives can scan, index, and upload all back-file and ongoing documents
  • Clients can do their own scanning and indexing using their staff, Advantage would then upload and maintain the database
  • Advantage can convert a back-file of documents and clients can proceed with ongoing work.
  • Clients can scan data and transmit it to Advantage Archives via FTP or HDD, and Advantage IMS then index and upload the documents.
  • For smaller volume applications, clients can use e-mail to send the documents to Advantage, which then would be indexed and uploaded to our hosted website.
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HIPAA Document Management

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was enacted in 1996 to help protect individuals’ personal health information. Under HIPAA a patient has the right to access his or her own medical records. Patients can request to view or get copies of their records, request modifications to the records, and request a listing of disclosures of their protected information. In addition to this HIPAA privacy regulations control how and when protected patient information can be shared by physicians and administrative staff.

From a document management perspective, the real impact is on the privacy and security portion. Due to the stringent rules, a comprehensive and secure document management strategy is becoming a necessity for healthcare providers to fully comply with HIPAA. The guidelines set forth require that all records be secure with limited access. Organizations are required to create privacy policies and procedures and manage patient records. Utilizing the services of Advantage Information Management Solutions will allow you to archive these records securely and retrieve them on-demand, reducing overhead, and improving overall efficiency. Confidentiality of Medical, Personnel, and Financial Records has been paramount to our operations for years prior to the introduction of HIPAA. All new employees of Advantage Archives pass background and drug tests, including temporary workers. Our own trucks and drivers provide added security. We sign BAA (Business Associate Agreements) client confidentiality agreements, employ video monitoring of our environment, which has strict entry requirements, and operate in a security monitored building.

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