HP Launches Printers, PCs Optimized for Heathcare
Today at the Cerner Health Conference (CHC) 2019, HP Inc. announced its expanded portfolio of printers, MFPs and PCs optimized for use in healthcare environments. The HP Healthcare Edition print portfolio is said to “improve patient safety, enables clinical efficiency and secures patient data and medical records. “
“More than any other industry, healthcare solutions that address global challenges have the power to improve the lives of people all around the world,” said Tuan Tran, incoming president for HP Inc.’s Imaging, Printing and Solutions group. “Our new innovations are designed to address the most pressing issues facing the healthcare industry today including patient safety, care coordination, clinical efficiency and security. Through deep customer insights and collaboration with healthcare associations and partners, we’re reinventing what’s possible in healthcare.”
Better Patient Safety
HP’s new products are said to assist with three critical areas of patient safety: health-care associated infections, electromagnetic interference, and patient identification.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that hospitals are responsible for 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Electronic devices, which are critical in patient treatment, are common areas for pathogenic bacteria contamination.
HP says that improving sanitization procedures is not enough to combat the problem since many technology touch points are easily and quickly damaged by germicidal wipes.
To help address this issue, HP’s new Healthcare Edition MFP keyboards and touch-enabled control panels are designed to be sanitized regularly, withstanding up to 10,000X industry-standard germicidal wipes, helping to reduce the risk of health-care associated infection transmission.
HP also today introduced EN/IEC 60601-1-2 certified HP Healthcare Edition printers for EMI safety. This certification ensures these devices can be used within the patient sphere without risk of electromagnetic interference to sensitive patients and surrounding medical equipment.
HP is also collaborating with Zebra, integrating Zebra into HP’s Healthcare Edition print portfolio. With it, clinicians can now print integrated patient ID wristbands, thus increasing patient identification accuracy. In addition, through HP’s global managed print services (MPS) program with Zebra, care providers can also print trackable labels on-demand via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
For secure prescription printing technology, HP solutions with Troy software track a prescription’s validity, reducing prescription inaccuracies, as well as controlled substance prescription abuse.
Clinicians, on average, log into IT systems 70 times per day, which can tiresome and exhausting. In contrast, HP’s new print solutions offer easier log-ins with Imprivata-enabled identity badgea.
HP Healthcare Edition MFPs also include the Biscom for Healthcare app, which is completely integrated with EPIC and Cerner. This enables the entire clinical team to digitally transmit and receive patient information or directly input data into the electronic medical record (EMR) system right from an app on the printer. As a result, care providers can make timely critical decisions to improve the experience of patients.
HP also says it provides the world’s most secure PCs and printing solutions to protect patient privacy and security. Care providers can now swipe their regular Imprivata-enabled identity badge to the built-in RFID reader on any HP Healthcare Edition PC, complete a patient chart or place an order in Cerner Millenium, and then walk up to any HP Healthcare Edition printer and swipe the same badge to securely release the document. This helps ensure clinicians receive the correct patient medication reconciliations, controlled substance prescriptions, lab reports, patient education, or discharge summary documents wherever healthcare happens.
The HP Healthcare Edition Print Products and Solutions are planned to be available in the spring of 2020 to customers in the United States and Canada.
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