Top News for the Week of 2/24/2014 – Good Quarter for HP, New Solutions for Healthcare, More
At the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference that’s dedicated to healthcare IT and was held this week in Orlando, Florida, several imaging vendors showcased new and existing solutions for making the capture, distribution, storage, and retrieval of healthcare records into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems more efficient and less error-prone. Konica Minolta, Nuance Communications, and Ricoh made new introductions. (Ricoh, which introduced an enterprise fax-server solution for healthcare, reported a surprising bit of information: 63 percent of healthcare providers still use fax to communicate.)
The keynote speaker at the conference was former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Clinton (below) spoke about how as a U.S. Senator for New York, she teamed up with U.S. Senators Newt Gingrich and Bill Frist to promote healthcare information technology as a “commonsense idea that everybody should agree on.” Today, the United States is now adopting EHR, and beginning to leave inefficient paper records behind. How inefficient are those paper records? Paper-based medical records can make disasters even more disastrous. For instance, as Clinton noted, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 1995, thousands of paper-based medical records were destroyed. Many survivors, especially the elderly and ill, had no idea what medications they were supposed to be taking when these records were destroyed.
Solutions from imaging and solutions vendors are critical in changing this, as these solutions provide a new process of taking inefficient paper-based documents, scanning them into electronic format, and then distributing them into EHR systems, where they can be safeguarded and shared among healthcare professionals for better patient care.
- Hewlett-Packard reported an encouraging first quarter, with better-than-expected earnings. Although printer and supplies revenue were down 2 percent, unit shipments were up, a good sign for healthy supplies revenue in the future.
- Kyocera adds four new desktop color network printers featuring Ecosys long-life consumables for their dealers. The printers start at an MSRP of $959, and feature Kyocera’s Mobile Print for printing from smartphones and tablets and support for Apple AirPrint mobile printing.
- Canon U.S.A. rolled out two new large-format inkjet color printers that use six inks for providing a wider color gamut – a wider color gamut means the printer can create more colors, which contributes to a more photo-realistic effect.
- While several major production-printing vendors won’t be at the upcoming Ipex trade show, Konica Minolta will certainly be there – and in fact, will be the show’s largest exhibitor.
- The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) reports that Xerox has joined the MPS advocacy group.
- 3D Systems announces that it has entered in a partnership with Hasbro to jointly develop and market 3D printers for kids.