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Blackpool trust’s print strategy drives cost savings

Neil Merrett Published 22 May 2014

NHS trust targets further cost and environmental benefits with 2nd phase roll out of secure managed print service

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) estimates it will make annual savings of £27,000 as a result of the first phase implementation of Managed Print Services (MPS) that form part of a wider regional printing strategy within healthcare.

BTHFT is the second of 16 organisations within the NHS North West Collaborative Commercial Agency to have targeted reduced printing costs, with the trust now looking to make greater use of cloud and multi-functional devices (MFDs) across its sites to provide more secure, cost efficient printing.

Under the new print strategy, undertaken in collaboration with Canon, the trust has installed multi-functional devices over a period of six weeks which it said led to a 15% reduction in print volumes. Colour printing output was also reduced by 10%.

With the first phase implementation of MPS now complete, BTHFT has said it was now working with Canon over the final two phases of the project to introduce 233 MFDs across its eight sites, consolidating the number of devices used by 84%.

The trust has said the print strategy will address a number of wider challenges resulting from the use of legacy infrastructure that included numerous device manufacturers, a lack of central printer management and environmental considerations based around waste and energy use.

BTHFT acting head of ICT Shaun Bucknill said the trust in the past had used around thousand devices, consisting of newer printers and other technology acquired ten years previously.

In replacing this older hardware with more uniform MFDs, staff could still be within a set number of metres from a device as a result of the MPS. In cases where one local device may be inoperable, the system would allow staff to securely use another machine to print, fax or copy data across the trust's network by using their own personal ID card by accessing the date through cloud, Bucknill added.

The trust has said that the enhanced security over handling data was hugely important considering the sensitive nature of patient information such as appointments and health records.

"The new system has not only improved the quality of our documents, but also introduced a more agile and efficient workflow where clinical staff can access their printing from any of the site's MFDs," Steven Bloor, information manager at BTHFT added.








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