RedTitan provides the “glue” that transforms electronic documents and helps migrate legacy printer data to electronic medical record formats so it was no surprise to get a call from Zeiss with a interesting challenge. Some of the equipment made for the ophthalmology industry could not produce an electronic document, all it could do was print!
Surely a software upgrade and perhaps a TCP/IP hardware interface
would be good enough?
No – you don’t understand – If we change anything it has to go back
through the very expensive TYPE APPROVAL procedure.
It turns out that the world is full of “black box” devices in medical and industrial applications that can only print. Sometimes the law or security prohibits any attachment to a network. (nobody wants a “virus” on an ophthalmic lance) – The concept of Virtual Printer hardware was born.
The principle is easy enough. Build a small piece of hardware that just looks like the same old printer to the “black box”. A powerful microprocessor handles the printer interface – we used a MICROCHIP PIC 16 device. Data is collected on a USB connection to a PC controlled using an FTDI package. The device gets its power from the USB interface avoiding the need for a special power supply.
Of course data collection is only half the story. Processing the collected printer data is the work of RedTitan EscapeE. You can even recover data straight off the printed page for re-processing, filing or even patient identification.
Now, six years on, many thousand of these devices have been rolled out in data capture applications. The chances are that, the next time you take an eye test, you will find the RedTitan Printt2PC box doing its job in the back of a Zeiss Humphrey Field Analyser.
Today RedTitan offer various models of the Print2PC system – Parellel Port, USB Port, Serial Port and Network attached printers, taking care of everything from Pacemaker Programmers through to Blood Analysis controllers. There is even a bowling alley on an island in northern Germany that owes its scoring system to Print2PC.
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.
Here at RedTitan we have seen an increase in requests for information on our Xerox™ DJDE/Metacode converter. With Covid-19 playing havoc with printing sites do you need to outsource your mainframe data printing requirements or just convert the output meant for a Xerox™ centralised electronic printer to an electronic document in PDF or other format.
If Yes then we have the solution.
The RedTitan DataStream Converter LCDS will convert files designed for Xerox™ printers into either PDF, Postscript, PCL or AFP.
We want to reassure our customers that we are here to help them during this time. All RedTitan staff have relocated to their homes and are working remotely, we anticipate there will be minimal disruption to our normal business activities, however if you have tried to contact us either by phone or email and did not get a response within 1 business day please try again.
We have a range of products geared to solving problems. If you need a solution to your printing issues, convert printed output to an electronic document or data mining from an existing electronic document then please see our website or contact us for more information and a non-pressured conversation with a technical person.
We hope all our customers follow the advice of their respective governments in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
To complement our range of print capture solutions we now offer IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) alongside our hardware and software solutions enabling the capture of Parallel, USB and serial port output as well as TCP/IP attached printers using IPP, LPR or streamed port. If you cannot change your “type approved” or “blackbox” hardware then The RedTitan Virtual Printer provides a safe replacement for the printer that will create both a printed record and an electronic document.
Please see Print2PC for details of the hardware solutions and EscapeE for details of the conversion solutions
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information of call us in one of our offices, details can be found here
The RedTitan office in the UK views BREXIT (UK leaves the EU in March 2019) with the same concerns as much of British business: more paperwork, more administration and more costs – but it’s an ill wind …
Every document (printed or electronic) that cites an EU law (say) will need redrafting and guess who is very good at that. RedTitan software can make a few tweaks (or a major overhaul) without having to re-hire those offshore contractors
The scope of the change is still not clear (the politicians still don’t have a plan) but the rumours aren’t good. There was plenty of time to plan for fixing the millennium bug (and that was a very simple concept). This time the impact and the rules are a little more vague and the reaction of British business is everything from “it will be all right on the night” to sneaking a few HQ staff off to Amsterdam. As always, it is the nimble that will avoid the worst of the shock and those equipped with RedTitan document transform software will be able to react fast to new legislation.
For RedTitan in the UK the “brexit bonus” came early.
If you don’t have RedTitan software you don’t really own your business communications.
RedTitan make software to convert and transform document formats but migration from printed paper to electronic formats is complicated by legacy hardware and security issues. Easy for networked devices but RedTitan handle the difficult cases by using hardware to emulate the printer! We have two main models
We also make a Serial port capture packaged solution based on Raspberry PI hardware. This device has all the advantages of LAN or WIFI connection in a small footprint. Call or email for details email@example.com