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Effective Printer Management Can Save More Than Just Time

By Arron Fu, CTO UniPrint.net on October 1, 2013

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Imagine your typical hospital.  It’s pretty big, right?  Now imagine how many computers and printers there are in that hospital.  In a word: Many.

Healthcare facilities have hundreds of computing devices on one network in dozens of different locations; each may or may not have its own printer(s), which can make printer management a complicated IT issue.  Like summer follows spring, the more printers there are in the facility, the more printer drivers, and that spells big incompatibility issues for the IT department and big user experience problems for the doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

Related: [Case Study] UniPrint Infinity saves clinician time at St. Joseph Health

By nature of their jobs, doctors and nurses are very mobile; they “roam’ from department to department, and ward to ward to tend to patients.  Can you imagine a nurse spend time searching for the correct printer across “zones” in the hospital to pick up a patient’s prescription print/output?  Time that could have been spent attending to other patients needs and saving more lives.  In addition, doctors are increasingly bringing (or demanding to bring) their own smart devices to the network.  All of these elements raise the probability of experiencing IT complexities and security concerns.

Printer management provides a simple and cost effective solution to rectify these organizational inefficiencies. Yet according to a recent U.S. HIMSS Analytics Report, printing is a business function that is largely overlooked by healthcare organizations due to other strategic priorities and/or lack of budget.

Related: Why Printing Still Matters

Forward thinking healthcare organizations should future proof their printing environments, making printing/printers super simple for IT to manage, and enabling doctors and health professionals to print from anywhere across the network, on any user device, and to the correct printer with security at all times.   This will create an all win situation.  Patients will benefit as health professionals can focus on patient care rather than chase after paper print/output and worry about patient information confidentiality.  Health organization will also benefit from increased productivity, reduced printing costs and enhanced security and compliance.

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