Philips ultrasound imaging equipment will now be able to print from Epson inkjet and WorkForce all-in-one printers using an ESC/P-R universal print driver.
announced a partnership to make Philips ultrasound
medical imaging equipment compatible with Epson inkjet and WorkForce all-in-one
printers via the ESC/P-R universal print
driver. ESC/P-R is the name for the Epson
high-frequency sound waves in ultrasound produce many types of images in the
medical field, including images of the heart (echocardiogram) or fetuses in the
to Shahid Shah, CEO of technology consulting
firm Netspective Communications and author of the Healthcare IT Guy
blog, the agreement
between the two companies announced Aug. 11 creates a universal print driver
to avoid use of expensive medical industry printers. "Normally, the
printers attached to Philips ultrasound devices are specialized (usually
thermal) printers, and with this new printer driver, they could be connected to
off-the-shelf Epson inkjet printers," he explained to eWEEK.
going to a common driver model, it allows their customers to swap out the
printers when they wear out, and the medical-equipment folks don't have to deal
with the fallout," Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group,
noted that since medical clinicians produce high-resolution images, using the
right printer driver is important.
you have equipment that will literally last decades, it's not a permanent fix
but definitely a better fix than what was in place in the past. Companies often
don't last as long as some of this equipment does."
Epson ESC/P-R printer driver works with many
types of medical devices, including measuring equipment and electronic
whiteboards. According to Epson, the driver supports all paper sizes and
printing modes, and is compatible with consumer electronics devices and
Craig Allen, Epson's product manager of consumer inkjets, noted that health
care clinics will benefit from additional printing choices. "Now health
care clinics and hospitals worldwide that use Philips ultrasound devices will
have more flexibility when selecting a dependable printer or all-in-one to
print patient information with ease and clarity," Allen said in a
Andrew Hatt, Philips Healthcare's vice president, business unit controller and
interim general manager for Ultrasound, noted that the universal drivers will
simplify the customer's experience. The takeaway, according to Enderle: "If that's
not the business you're in, let someone else deal with it. That's specifically
what the medical equipment folks did, and that's probably showcasing a best
practice," he said.