Bringing Digital to the World of Healthcare
Healthcare in the United Kingdom is going through a period of great change. An increase in demand, coupled with the growing costs of treatments and ever decreasing budgets, means the sector must evolve in order to continue to provide the same high levels of patient care.
Streamlining services and improving efficiency will prove vital to tackling the challenges ahead. Key tools already being implemented as part of this task include the introduction of new technology and the digitalisation of processes. Evidence of this can already be seen across the country, with electronic recording systems and automated appointment booking software now the norm for many services.
While providing healthcare workers with easier and faster methods of carrying out tasks, or sharing information with colleagues and saving crucial time and money for services, the need for paper documents will never fully go away.
To avoid adding any administrative burden, the ability to produce paper records needs to be seamlessly integrated into the new digital processes being introduced. Mini printers provide an innovative solution to this, while eliminating the risk of potential issues around the ineligibility of handwriting.
Lynton Lasers, the UK’s premier supplier of aesthetic technology, has successfully combined the use of a digital system and the production of a paper trail using Able Systems Ap1400 printer. Its clinicians needed to be able to produce a hard-copy list of patient treatments from their flagship treatment system, the Lumina© Laser and IPL platform, to allow them to review how the course is going. Additionally, to meet their compliance requirements as a manufacturer of medical systems, service engineers needed to be able to create accurate and traceable records of key system and service parameters.
The low profile Ap1400 printer integrates into the front panel of the treatment system, allowing the information required to be quickly and easily printed at the touch of a button. Plus the front loading paper system, with easy-to-open lid, means it can be rapidly maintained by the user, without having to rely on assistance from any other department.
As the pressure on the UK’s healthcare services continue to grow, wasted time and avoidable error will need to be eliminated. While it requires additional training and buy-in from teams, digitalisation, aided by healthcare printers, will provide the necessary resolution to this and should be embraced.