The healthcare industry has come under recent new mandates designed to reduce waste, but the expected savings have been slow to materialize. For example, the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has ironically caused an uptick in printing.
Patients have been reluctant to take the necessary steps to access electronic health records (EHRs) via online patient portals. Healthcare providers have little choice but to provide printouts after office visits, resulting in a printing increase of 11%. At an average cost per employee of $1,000 each, the costs are adding up quickly.
And while many healthcare organizations have embraced mobility, the promised reduction in printing hasn’t been as high as expected. At the end of the day, the healthcare industry remains largely paper-driven and paper-dependent.
4 Top Solutions Through Managed Print Services
Many healthcare organizations are recognizing that offloading their print infrastructure to a Managed Print Services Provider is their best way forward.
Here’s how Managed Print Services can take the healthcare industry from cumbersome and expensive paper-driven processes to data-driven strategies that reduce expenses and increase security while improving accuracy and productivity.
- First, the assessment. It’s not unusual for businesses to have no clear idea how much they spend on printing, and the healthcare industry is no exception. Managed Print Services clears up the issue by providing a detailed analysis of all print-related costs.
- Ongoing training. When staff members look at imaging devices as little more than printers and copiers, the true value of the printer fleet is lost. When redefined as document management centers, users can learn how to route information directly to existing platforms and workflows.
- Increased security. When sensitive documents are released too early and left lying in print trays, protected health information may be at risk. Managed Print Services can help healthcare organizations leverage the built-in security features found within multifunction systems.
- Ongoing data reporting. Analysis doesn’t end with the initial assessment. Managed Print Services provides ongoing evaluation and analysis, including maintenance and supply costs, device utilization, and print volumes.
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