In today’s increasingly high-tech world of medicine, IT spending is rising fast. A recent survey by First American Finance and the United States’ Health Forum found that in America alone, “two-thirds of hospitals reported increased technology budgets for this fiscal year.” With many hospitals and clinics complaining of escalating printing costs, financial managers are starting to worry that their admin and IT expenditure is growing too rapidly.
But what exactly do modern health professionals use printers for? And what kind of strategies can they implement in order to save money – and streamline their operations?
Even though digitization has found a place in the medical world, printers are still indispensable – and the need for them has actually diversified. Scannable, disposable inpatient wristbands are now medical industry standard. These carry barcodes and other vital information that allows doctors to make faster diagnoses and streamline patients’ treatment.
Doctors and pharmacists also need to be able to print prescriptions on all sorts of paper formats. They also need to print on labels of various sizes.
That is why, when it comes to choosing printers, health sector IT admins need to be selective. Samsung’s multi-function printers (MFPs), for example, can print on a wide range of materials. These include thick, potentially recyclable resources like cardstock, an ideal material for disposable wristbands.
Samsung MFPs also feature a wide range of input cabinets, which accommodate all sorts of paper sizes – so health professionals are always ready to print whatever they need to.
Indeed, with its Managed Print Services (MPS) offerings, medical experts can even create a customized, future-ready printing infrastructure for multiple clinics.
A nationwide network of clinics operating at 28 locations in Germany recently found this to be the case. As a complex and dynamic hospital system, with a print volume of over a million pages and a growing need for digitization help and data distribution, administrators found that their old system simply could not keep up. That was when they turned to Samsung for help.
With extensive options for increased functionality and MFPs equipped with 120-pages per minute digitization capability, Samsung helped the company step up its IT game fast. And with higher cost-efficiency and easier operation options (thanks to the Android-based Smart UX Center), staff members said they experienced a huge reduction in workloads.
“Samsung was the only manufacturer that could meet all of our required criteria,” explains a senior figure at the organization.
Believe it or not, making the right printer choices can also help medical professionals with their digitization needs. Patients’ medical records, used by general practitioners, dentists and others, used to consist of paper files, filled with reams of printed documents.
Increasingly, however, these records are going digital. But when it comes to creating digital files from printed materials, manual data entry can be time-consuming and expensive. That is when the technological properties of Samsung MFPs can come in handy.
These devices use optical character recognition (OCR) technology, which allows users to scan printed text and create digital documents, all without the need for manual typing.
Medicine on the Move
Many health professionals at larger hospitals have the need to print while they are on the move, and to do so from all sorts of locations. Although mobile printers provide a handy solution, such devices are often limited in terms of paper size, and can be both cumbersome and expensive.
Other alternatives include cloud and mobile printing. With the Samsung Cloud Print app and solutions from PrinterOn, a Samsung affiliate, doctors, nurses and other staff can print from any printer in the hospital at any time. And they can do so regardless of their location – which gives them the freedom to work faster.
PrinterOn services’ ability to connect disparate networks allows a range of mobile printing solutions, even for remote hospital locations. Pegasus, a global storage solution provider for the healthcare industry, has successfully teamed up with PrinterOn, and says it is now reaping the rewards.
A spokesperson for the company explains, “Before PrinterOn [cloud printing solution], we were losing complete print jobs to simple printer issues, such as printers being out of paper. Once we started using PrinterOn, all these problems disappeared. PrinterOn is very easy to use, works well and allows us to get the job done.”
Samsung’s PrinterOn services allowed Pegasus to do away with the need for other expensive print solutions, such as VPN connections – allowing the company to instead invest time and money in what it does best.
For today’s doctors, nurses and admin staff, having the right equipment for the job goes well beyond scalpels, stethoscopes and heart monitors: It also extends into the world of printing.
And with solutions that let staff work better, more rapidly – and at a lower cost – Samsung has the cure to remedy every medical professional’s printing ailments.
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