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Managed Print Services in Healthcare

When Doc is in the hospital the last thing I want is for my paperwork to get lost or not be up-to-date. The combination of a good MPS program and an EHR strategy seems like a great way to reduce mistakes and save lives.

If you’re looking for a very document-heavy business, you need look no further than the healthcare industry, especially hospitals. Doc was not surprised to read a good article on the benefits of Managed Print Services at hospitals published over on the Becker Hospital Review site.

It’s a lengthy article which talks a lot about Electronic Health Records (EHR) and how MPS can help with the implementation of such programs. Here’s a tease:

Managed Print Services is no longer a buzz phrase or a short-term trend in healthcare. The reality is that hospitals today are spending an even higher portion of their annual budgets on printing and document handling — an estimated 9 percent, according to the National Health Service in 2010 — and are faced with a swelling array of printers, scanners and multi-function devices, over-burdened staff, reactive decision-making and inefficient workflow processes that adversely affect the quality of health care provided to patients.

Enterprising hospital executives, including Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Information Officers across America are seeking best practices and change management techniques to be more accountable and transparent to their boards, stakeholders and the public, and they are turning to MPS as one of the few remaining areas where they can capture considerable savings — upwards of 30 percent — and efficiencies to improve workflow processes, as well as employee and patient satisfaction, all while making the transition to electronic health records less costly and painful.

The question today is not if your hospital should implement MPS, but how best to implement MPS in order to over-achieve desired results. Creating fundamental, sustainable transformation in workflow processes requires a comprehensive change in a hospital’s operations and culture, and the right continuous improvement management philosophy and methodology to achieve standardization and desired results. How do you ensure those who serve, i.e. your hospital staff that are on the frontline of health care service delivery, will embrace your MPS program? Subsequently, does your MPS program have all the key elements to be sustainable and deliver a return on investment?

With the right partner and program in place, hospitals can implement effective change management and help their staff better handle the enormous amount of pressure to cut costs, improve workflow processes, evolve to EHR and deliver better outcomes.

When Doc is in the hospital the last thing I want is for my paperwork to get lost or not be up-to-date. The combination of a good MPS program and an EHR strategy seems like a great way to reduce mistakes and save lives.