HP Launches Patient-First Print Technologies to Help Healthcare Workers Stay Safe and Spend More Time Caring for Patients

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HP Inc. officially launched new print solutions for the healthcare industry. Based on deep customer insights and co-developed with healthcare providers, associations and partners, HP Healthcare Print Solutions address the most pressing issues facing the healthcare industry today including patient wellness and safety, care coordination, mobility, privacy and security.

“As our healthcare systems continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and brace for a second wave colliding with the flu this fall, the issues of patient safety and clinician burnout have intensified,” said Daniel Colling, RN, Global Head Healthcare Industry Solutions & Practice, HP Inc. “With this new portfolio we are reinventing healthcare technology to put the doctor, clinician and patient needs before anything else.”

Reducing the Risk of Virus Transmission and Healthcare Associated Infections
HP’s new Healthcare Edition MFP keyboards and touch-enabled control panels are designed to be disinfected regularly, withstanding up to 10,000X industry-standard germicidal wipes, helping to reduce the risk of health-care associated infections (HAIs) and viral pathogen transmission1,2. HP has further enhanced the disinfection capabilities of high-touch areas of the printer with removable covers/drapes that can be sterilized daily in an autoclave up to 134 ºC. HP is also collaborating with Clorox Healthcare to offer a guide detailing infection prevention best practices and other educational tools.

In order to enhance support of infection prevention policies, HP has also broadened disinfection capabilities of HP Personal System devices to include HP Engage Go3 and HP Elite products such as HP EliteDesks, HP EliteOne (display panel only) 4, ZBook Mobile Workstations and Z Series Desktop Workstations, HP Elite and Z Displays (Z, S, E and P series, Display Panel Only)4,5 and HP Education Notebooks (keyboards only).6

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are responsible for 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year.
  • Infections and viruses add further strains to healthcare organizations’ ability to provide safe, quality care to patients. Influenza alone accounts for an US$11B economic annual burden.7
  • Studies show commonly used technologies, like printers and mobile devices, are often highly contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and viral pathogens. 8,9,10,11
  • Most IT and IoT devices were not designed to be regularly cleaned by hospital-grade disinfectant wipes. Repeated use has shown to damage the integrity of the plastic and, ultimately, the device itself.

Minimizing Contact with Common Points of Transmission

HP’s unique global Managed Print Services (MPS) program with Zebra Technologies provides the HP Advance mobile app on Zebra’s TC52-HC handheld touch computer to enable care providers to minimize contact with common points of infection transmission at the point of care. Providers can walk up to any HP Healthcare Edition MFP, authenticate with the TC52-HC mobile computer and release critical patient documents without having to touch the device.

Reducing the Risk of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
Patient and clinical worker mobile and IoT devices add to a very congested radio spectrum that can interfere via electromagnetic interference (EMI) with life-saving medical devices. The new HP Health Solutions portfolio of IoT hand-held devices and IoT print devices are EN/IEC 60601-1-2 certified for EMI safety.12 The EN/IEC 60601-1-2 certification ensures these devices can be used within the patient sphere and shared patient areas without risk of EMI to sensitive patients and surrounding medical equipment.

Helping Ensure Positive Patient ID
Patient identification errors are common and can lead to serious reportable events that harm not only the patient’s health, but also the clinical standing of the healthcare facility where such an error occurred.13 Together, HP and Zebra solutions empower clinicians to better manage positive patient identification through integrated color patient ID wristbands, trackable specimen labels printed on-demand with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) location services and point of care identification solutions for patients.

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