(GE CARESCAPE ™ – Patient monitoring systems and the RedTitan Virtual Printer)
The Royal Sussex County Hospital is an acute teaching hospital in Brighton, England. Together with the Princess Royal Hospital, it is administered by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital uses a wide range of GE patient monitoring equipment including CARESCAPE™ monitors which use locally attached printers or can route print via the GE central control station. Their requirement was to route crucial documents to departmental printers as well as reduce the overall paper and print costs by allowing all documents that would have been printed to be saved as an Electronic Medical Record in PDF format on the hospital’s LAN. A key requirement of this was for the PDF files to be named with the correct patient information, i.e. their name, ward and bed number etc so that they could be filed electronically and accessed simply at later appointments.
RedTitan was able to supply a solution that enabled the patient monitoring devices to route its print to a windows Server running the RedTitan Virtual Printer software. Users of the CARESCAPE™ monitors would just print as if the real printer was attached. The RedTitan Virtual Printer would automatically manage both receiving the documents, printing to departmental printers where required as well as converting to PDF, naming and storing remotely.
Documents that would traditionally be printed 1 page at a time are now concatenated onto a single electronic document, making storage and retrieval much simpler and more efficient.
The RedTitan Virtual printer is able to capture and process documents intended for a printer from virtually any piece of medical equipment or central control station.
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