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Dymo Prescription Printer – DYMO LabelWriter 4XL

Posted on November 9, 2011 I Written By

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I always love when people talk about the paperless medical office. It’s as if they believe that after implementing an EMR they will no longer have to have paper in the office. Turns out, EMR software can print out a lot of paper if you’re not careful.

While ePrescribing is on the horizon in many places, the harsh reality is that many still have to print out prescriptions. Add in the requirements around prescribing controlled substances and in almost every state doctors using an EMR are still having to print out prescriptions.

In my clinic, it always felt wrong to print out an entire sheet of paper for one prescription. Eventually we got our vendor to support printing out multiple prescriptions on one sheet of paper. That helped, but many patients only need one prescription so that’s a lot of wasted paper. Beyond the green movement, wasted paper = wasted money.

With this background, that’s why I was intrigued by the DYMO Prescription Printer that I saw at MGMA. I’d worked with DYMO label printers before since the lab I worked with printed off lab labels directly from our EMR software. It makes sense that they could use a little bit larger printer and do the same thing with prescriptions.

It’s pretty obvious to see the paper saving benefits of using a DYMO printer like this, but I think the other advantage to this printer is its size. The printer has such a small footprint that you could easily put it a lot of places that a standard printer just won’t fit.

I admit that I haven’t done a full analysis of the savings using this printer compared with a standard printer. However, the nice thing about the DYMO printers is that they’re thermal printers which means that you’ll never have to spend money on ink or toner to print prescriptions. That’s pretty nice.

I’d love to have some of my readers try out the DYMO Prescription Printer to let me know what they think and whether they think I should add it to my list of EMR related technology products. Maybe I should see if DYMO will give one away to one of my readers to try out and report back.

I always love when small adjustments to current technology can make a huge difference. Or in other words, did I just write a post about a label printer? Sometimes the best innovations are subtle changes.

$100K App Challenge to Develop an App for Finding a Hospital or Doctor

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There are not many things more important than finding a good doctor, and at the same time it can be extremely difficult to find one unless you have lots of friends to ask, or have just had the same doctor your whole life.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is asking developers to create an app for just that purpose.

Their Aligning Forces Challenge asks developers to, “develop an application that helps patients access better health care using publicly available inpatient and outpatient measures of health care quality from the Aligning Forces program.”

We use the internet and our cell phones for getting reviews on restaurants, cars, and pretty much everything else in our lives, so why not healthcare?  It actually surprises me that there isn’t already a well developed app for this very purpose.  There are obviously the types of reviews that people put on Yahoo and other such sites, but to have an app that is based on real data and not just a personal opinion would be quite valuable in finding a quality healthcare provider.

The details of the competition can be found on their website, and the actual press release can be found here.

This is by far the most money I have seen in an app development competition which says there must be a real need/market for it, and that it should attract some quality talent.  But like most things that are still in development, who knows how long it will be before we actually see it on the market?