Ariz. -- In line with Governor Napolitano’s
plan for increased efficiency in State government,
the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants
is implementing an automated Board meeting system
where meeting materials are stored on CD-Rom and accessed
via laptops. The automated system, already designed
and used by the Arizona Medical Board, saves the agency
that staffs both boards thousands of dollars each
year. “It is truly an incredibly simple method
for eliminating unnecessary costs,” said Executive
Director Barry A. Cassidy, Ph.D., P.A.-C.
total costs are calculated, the Board estimates an
average cost savings of over $100 per Board member,
per Board meeting. With 10 members on the Arizona
Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants and 12 members
on the Arizona Medical Board, and a combined 11 meetings
per year, the automated system saves both boards an
estimated $24,000 each year, excluding labor costs.
When labor is factored in, the time to duplicate paperbound
materials versus CD-Rom materials decreases from almost
2 hours to just 3 minutes. Additionally, the cost
to ship 130 pounds of paper materials compared to
a CD weighing less than a pound is significantly decreased.
its meeting on May 14, 2003, the Arizona Regulatory
Board of Physician Assistants will implement its first
paperless meeting using laptop computers retrieved
from existing agency inventory.