Managed Print Solutions: Helping Radiologists Focus on Patients

CARESTREAM Managed Print SolutionsAs a radiologist, your goal is to provide fast, accurate diagnoses in support of early treatment and positive patient outcomes. Anything that distracts you can be troublesome – such as ordering film and other supplies, tracking inventory, managing film and supply budgets, dealing with downtime and coordinating service and repairs.

An Advanced Solution

An effective solution for print management would track a facility’s laser-imaging film usage, remotely monitor inventory and automatically ship new film as needed.  The solution would supply hardware as well as consumables, eliminate capital outlay, save time, and allow consistent.

The bottom line?  Radiologists and their staff are free to focus their energy on providing superior care.  Best of all, the right print management solution can benefit everyone in the facility – from radiologists to rad technologists to the radiology manager, from procurement personnel to finance executives.

Significant Cost-Savings

Managed Print Solutions can help to achieve a lower cost of operation over time. Your price per print includes a laser imager, film, shipping and service.  This eliminates costly expedited shipments, unplanned costs for service requests and staff hours spent on repetitive PO generation.  It can also prevent unplanned expenditures for service requests and other critical parts replacements.

An Easy-To-Use Web Portal Can Simplify Management

An intuitive, properly designed exclusive web portal can eliminate surprises and the administrative overhead of managing film usage, inventory tracking, procurement and billing. For this portal to be effective and used efficiently, tracking equipment, film usage data by printer, size, or location information should be displayed on a dashboard accessible at any time, from anywhere.  The web portal should also allow you to reference contract and billing statements, inventory records and film shipment status – all the information you need to make informed business decisions.

Patient Privacy

More today than ever before, patient privacy and network security are critical issues.  To maintain privacy and secure communications, MPS vendors must employ globally accepted internet security protocols. Only trained and properly credentialed support specialists should be permitted to connect with your printer. An audit trail of printer access and activity must be maintained, and the latest, most advanced virus protection should always be in place.

Carestream has recently introduced CARESTREAM Managed Print Solutions (MPS), a print-management program in which we take responsibility for virtually everything – to save you valuable time and boost productivity.  Following a thorough analysis of your printing infrastructure, Carestream will present you with a strategic print-management plan.

How has MPS helped facilities achieve improved productivity and cost savings?

“Everything has become extremely simple and accessible to all our staff. I would definitely recommend this service to others involved in healthcare.”

– Dr. Pascal Hauet, Partner Radiologist, Paris Radiology Office of Dr. Hauet and Dr. Lunel, Paris, France

Read the full testimonial, Passionate about New Technologies

 

“I recommend MPS to all radiologists, whether they have their own printer or not. “

– Gregorio Mayor, of Mayor Gallego Radiological Clinic, Spain

Read the full testimonial, New Print Management System Eliminates Worries for Manager of Radiology Centers

 

“We are on track to save 20% a year with MPS and we have the added convenience of having one company to call. Our radiologists and physicians are also very pleased with the image quality.”

– Lee Gemmill, RT, (R), MR, The Community Open MRI Group, Indiana, USA

Read the full testimonial, The Community Open MRI Group’s Imaging Centers Save Time and Money with CARESTREAM Managed Print Solutions

 

“We are on track to save $10,000 a year in staff time. We have also improved our cash flow because we are not ordering film that is sitting on a shelf for weeks or possibly longer.”

– Martin Cox – COO Southern Radiology Group, Sydney, Australia

Read the full Testimonial,   CARESTREAM Managed Print Solutions Saves Time and Money for Southern Radiology Imaging Centres

You can visit our website for additional information on CARESTREAM Managed Print Solutions or you can watch this MPS video demonstration.

Abel Espinosa, CarestreamAbel Espinosa is Carestream’s  worldwide product manager for CARESTREAM Managed Print Solutions.

 

 

Cost Control and Efficiencies for Medical Film Usage

The Spanish translation for this post can be found after the English version of this post. / La traducción al español de este post se puede encontrar después de la versión en Inglés de este post.

There are numerous variables that go into effectively managing the use of medical film in an imaging organization. Along with film usage, managers must also be able to track inventory, billing, and procurement. All of these factors added together can make for a hectic environment if not properly organized.

The following four steps can assist you in effectively managing your film usage.

  1. Managing Director Gregorio Mayor

    Managing Director Gregorio Mayor using Carestream’s Managed Print Solutions.

    Assess current technologies: What does your organization require from its equipment? Investigating and addressing the facility needs allow for facilities to appropriately address current issues and prevent futures one from forming.

  2. Tie the monitoring and tracking to usage: The ability to track and monitor the usage of film and cost per print becomes attainable by attaching film printers to the appropriate software. Tracking the information allows for more efficient budgetary decisions to be made.
  3. Ensure information and data is available in a single location: Using a technology that tracks and monitors many different factors needs to reside in one location. With no capital investment, lower administrative costs, reduced operational costs, and simpler budget planning, facilities can efficiently obtain the data and prevent staff from searching for it in multiple areas.
  4. Optimize workflow and billing according to data trends: The data must be analyzed once it is collected if facilities are to experience improved budget planning and potential cost savings. From the collected data, facilities could reduce time spent on placing purchase orders and tracking shipments, delivery and purchasing fees, writing and mailing checks, and reconcile invoices. From the technological data, additional savings opportunities exist in the form inventory management costs, replacement costs of printers, and film stock outs. All of this is dependent on how the data is collected and analyzed.

 As our healthcare systems evolve, data and reporting is becoming a more integral part of the decision-making process. It is our duty to ensure that we are using the available data to the best of our ability, because the key to running an effective, well-operated department is transparency, and access to data can provide it. By aligning the right hardware with the right services, facility managers will be able get the most cost-effective use out of their equipment without compromising image quality and patient care.

For more information about managing your medical film, inventory, costs, and billing, you can visit Carestream’s Managed Print Solutions site at carestream.com/mps.

Joaquim Franch, Carestream Territory ManagerAuthor, Mr. Joaquim Franch, works for Carestream Health and is the Iberia MFAPS Territory Manager.  He lives in the Barcelona, Spain area and has deep experience in film.

 

 

Eficacia y control de gastos en el uso de la película médica

En una clínica médica hay numerosas variables que afectan a una buena  gestión  en la utilización  de la película radiológica. Además del uso de la película, los gerentes también deben ser capaces de realizar el inventario, llevar el control de la facturación, y  el seguimiento  de los pedidos.

Todos estos factores  pueden crear un entorno estresante y poco propenso para una buena organización.

Con el sistema de impresión Managed Print Solutions de Carestream los siguientes cuatro pasos le  ayudaran  para que la  gestión sea eficaz.

  1. Director General Gregorio Mayor

    Director General Gregorio Mayor utilizando soluciones de impresión gestionados de Carestream.

    Evaluar las tecnologías actuales. ¿Que hace su equipo por su organización? Hay que investigar y saber que necesitamos en nuestras instalaciones para abordar los problemas actuales y prevenir los problemas futuros.

  2. Relacionar la observación con la utilización: con el software adecuado se tiene la capacidad de medir y supervisar el consumo de la película y saber el coste por impresión. La información permite tomar decisiones económicas  más eficientes
  3.  Asegurar que la información y los datos están disponibles en un solo lugar: La utilización de la tecnología que mide  y supervisa varios factores diferentes tiene que almacenarse en un solo lugar. Con el servicio de MPS no es necesaria la inversión de capital previo, con  costes administrativos menores y operativos reducidos, permite una planificación sencilla del presupuesto, facilitando los datos al personal de una manera eficaz, sin tener que buscar en diferentes lugares
  4. Optimizar el proceso del trabajo y  la facturación de acuerdo con las tendencias de datos: Las cargas de trabajo deben ser analizadas para ver si el uso de las instalaciones se maximiza, para obtener mayor rendimiento del presupuesto y ahorrar en costes. A partir de los datos recogidos, el personal de la clínica podría reducir el tiempo dedicado a la tramitación  de órdenes de compra ,  ahorrar en el seguimiento de los envíos, la recepción ,  en gastos de compra y pagos; facilitándose la contabilización. A partir de los datos electrónicos, existen  formas de tener oportunidades adicionales de ahorro de gastos de gestión de inventario, también  los costes de sustitución de impresoras, y en las rupturas de stock de pedidos. Todo esto depende de cómo se recopila y se analizan los datos.

A medida que  nuestros sistemas sanitarios evolucionan, los datos y la presentación de informes se está convirtiendo en una parte esencial del proceso en la  toma de decisiones. Es nuestro deber garantizar que estamos utilizando los datos disponibles en la medida de nuestras posibilidades, porque la clave para gestionar un departamento eficaz, es la transparencia, y el acceso a los datos. Al dimensionar y establecer el hardware adecuado, con los servicios necesarios, los directivos de las clínicas podrán conseguir un uso más rentable de su equipamiento sin poner en peligro  la calidad de imagen,  ni la atención al paciente.

Para obtener más información acerca de la gestión de su película médica, el inventario, los costes y la facturación, puede visitar el sitio Soluciones Managed Print de Carestream en carestream.com/mps.

Joaquim Franch, Carestream Territory ManagerAutor, el Sr. Joaquim Franch, trabaja para Carestream Health y es el Gerente de Territorio Iberia MFAPS. Él vive en el área de Barcelona España y tiene una amplia experiencia en el cine.

 

 

DRYVIEW Chroma Imager Trade Trial at Italian Hospital: Satisfied Physicians, More Referrals

Editor’s Note: Casa di Cura Sileno e Anna Rizzola hospital in San Donà di Piave, Italy, recently participated in a trade trial for Carestream’s DRYVIEW Chroma Imager. We asked Dr. Riccardo Dus, M.D., Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services, to discuss the hospital’s experience with the product.

Through a trade trial with Carestream’s DRYVIEW Chroma Imager, we found that high-quality paper output of medical images from this device enhanced satisfaction among our referring physicians – to the extent that referrals have increased.

Let me provide some context: Our diagnostic imaging team performs 50,000 imaging exams annually on the CR, DR, MR, CT and ultrasound imaging systems at our 100-bed Casa di Cura Sileno e Anna Rizzola hospital. Previously, we furnished referring physicians CDs containing patient images from these exams. As part of the trade trial, we began supplying hardcopies of selected images, along with a full compilation of images on CD. The hardcopies constituted images printed on Chroma glossy medical paper in A3 (420 x 297 mm) and A4 (210 x 297 mm) sizes.

DRYVIEW ChromaOur referring physicians responded enthusiastically. We learned that they greatly appreciate the convenience of viewing images on paper at their desk or in an exam room with a patient. Consequently, as mentioned above, these physicians have begun referring more patients to our hospital.

We now print approximately 600-800 medical images per month with the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager. Handling the volume has not been a challenge: The printer has a roll paper feeder that automatically cuts the paper to either A3 or A4 size, thus improving the productivity of our department. We simply select the paper size and the printer handles the output. This is a tremendous advantage: Our technicians do not need to constantly check and replenish the printer’s paper supply throughout the day, nor do we need to stock two different paper sizes.

The printer also was easy to set up and has proved extremely reliable. Plus its initial price and ongoing operating costs make it very cost effective. But we did not install the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager for these reasons. Our primary motivation was to find a printer that could deliver high-quality paper output to better meet the needs of our referring physicians. We accomplished that thanks to the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager.

Printing’s Place in Digital Medical Imaging

Joseph Maune, Global Business Manager, Advanced Printing Solutions, Carestream Health

The digitalization of medical imaging and the adoption of PACS and EHRs have created a common misconception that there’s no longer a need to print medical images. Yes, with digital imaging radiologists and physicians have instant access to images in their offices, but they still have needs for hard copy prints.

The radiology practices that we’ve talked to suggest that the need for diagnostic printing isn’t going away, but rather is shifting towards a mix of diagnostic and referral printing.  When consulting with colleagues and patients many referring physicians still prefer a print to share images.  In turn, many radiology practices are looking for new ways to provide their referring physicians with high quality prints.

A high quality, color print is a great  way to present advanced visualization studies, and can provide a way for the radiologist to differentiate himself to referring physicians.  For grayscale images, some of our customers indicate that providing images only on a CD is less efficient for referring physicians.  Providing a hard copy print of the key images adds value to the radiologist’s report and allows the referring physician to quickly see the images of interest.

This shift toward referral printing requires different printing solutions with lower total cost of ownership. The DRYVIEW Chroma prints both grayscale film and color paper prints – so facilities can use one printer to meet all of the needs of their referring community.  In this digital case study, Dr. Alberto Sahagún, radiologist and owner of Radiología y Ultrasonido San José SA de CV, Mexico, explains how his facility is currently using printing solutions, and shares the value that color printing brings to his practice:

Medical Printing eBook

view digital case study

Are you meeting all of the imaging needs of your referring community?  Are you sure?