Captricity Achieves HIPAA Compliance to Bridge the ‘Docs to Data’ Gap in Healthcare

External agency audit affirms security, privacy of Captricity’s crowd-guided data capture solution.

BERKELEY, CA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013Captricity Inc., the Berkeley-based data capture firm that combines machine and human intelligence to turn the most difficult-to-read paper documents into actionable data within hours, today announces its 100% compliance with HIPAA, the security and privacy standards established to ensure that health providers keep patients’ data safe. Captricity’s HIPAA compliance, affirmed by an external audit, means the company can now process Personal Health Information (PHI) protected by HIPAA for healthcare organizations in the United States.

Captricity’s proprietary technology solution converts analog to digital data in hours with 99% accuracy. Capturing data from paper, fax and PDF forms (including human handwriting), the solution algorithmically isolates a form’s individual fields of data, or “shreds,” into distinct images and uses machine learning to “read” the data. Captricity combines machine with human intelligence using the Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing marketplace, whose data entry workers first train the machine learning algorithms, then review individual shreds – each out of context from the rest of the form so that no one but the client has access to the full data set. (For more information about how Captricity protects sensitive data, please visit /privacy.)

“Healthcare has a paper problem. With the backlog of paper forms growing every day, the speed with which healthcare organizations process them has become a matter of urgent importance,” said Kuang Chen, Captricity’s CEO and Co-Founder. “Captricity’s crowd-guided model, enabling human intelligence to dynamically guide machine-learning algorithms in the cloud, can read the hardest documents, creating a bridge between the paper-based processes that hold back many healthcare organizations and the data they need to make mission-critical decisions.”

Captricity was co-founded by Kuang Chen, whose PhD research in Tanzania and Uganda revealed the need to transform paper-based documents into digital data to improve organizations’ efficiency and service. Since commercializing its proprietary docs to data solution in 2011, Captricity has processed non-healthcare data for clients across sectors such as health, government and enterprise, including non-PHI for the healthcare firms Catapult Health, which provides companies with on-site healthcare services, and Lifeline Screening, which offers preventive health screening services.

About Captricity

Captricity aims to unlock the information that drives the world forward for everyone. Combining machine and human intelligence, Captricity turns paper, fax and PDF documents (including the most difficult-to-read human handwriting) into actionable data in hours with 99% accuracy. Based in Berkeley and founded in 2011 by Kuang Chen, Captricity is committed to making the world a better place by giving businesses, governments and organizations of all sizes fast and easy access to high quality data. For more information, please visit

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Contact: Ben Kellogg, BWK New York,, (917) 816-0831

Published on Sept. 17, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

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