Epson driver technology connects with healthcare

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Epson America has reached an agreement with Royal Philips Electronics that will allow it to automatically to pair its Workforce all-in-one printers with the company’s ultrasound medical imaging systems used in healthcare clinics and hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.

The pairing is accomplished through Epson’s ESC/P-R Print Class Driver, which reportedly enables users to print to a full line of Epson inkjet printers from a wide variety of digital equipment. ESC/P-R is a common language for selected Epson printers that supports every media type, paper size and associated printing mode available on those printers. It allows a range of different devices to connect and communicate with Epson inkjet printers, expanding possibilities for use with medical equipment, measuring equipment, electronic whiteboards, and in the home with home electronics and game machines, according to Epson.

“Now healthcare 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,” said R. Craig Allen, product manager, consumer inkjets, Epson America, Inc.

Previously, Philips Healthcare would have to deal with unique printer drivers for each of the printers used connected to ultrasound devices used in its healthcare network.  This was not only time-consuming, but created a potential roadblock since the lifecycles of the company’s ultrasound devices are much longer than those of printers.   By using the Epson ESC/P-R driver, Philips can also take advantage of evolving printer technology instead of sticking with older equipment to maintain compatibility.

“Providing new options to Philips Ultrasound Customers for off-cart printing using Epson Universal Print Drivers will help simplify and enhance our customer experience,” said Andrew Hatt, vice president, business unit controller and interim general manager, Ultrasound, for Philips Healthcare

Epson printers are currently used in a variety of healthcare applications.  The company’s SecurColor TM-C3400 printers, for example, are being used by hospitals to produce color-enhanced labels, tickets and wristbands that help reduce operational risks, lower costs and improve patient care, notes Epson.   The technology lets healthcare professionals print custom color-enhanced pharmacy labels, wristbands, meal tickets and other material with just a single printer.  The specialized software assigns the right color code, reducing the risk of human error.

More information on the Epson ESC/P-R Print Class Driver is available at http://global.epson.com/technology/driver.htm.

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