One of the top reasons why hospitals, clinics and healthcare organizations continue to use paper is incompatible document management systems. This problem is often most obvious between the organization and outside facilities, leaving paper processes as the best solution.
Patient check-in forms, belongings documents, records requiring signatures, consent forms, as well as prescriptions and pharmacy records still remain paper-based. In many healthcare organizations, fax is also a cornerstone. The result: Fleets of printers crowd hospitals across the world.
Yet, the ubiquity and long histories of printers may also be a weakness, as they are often overlooked during security assessments.
Indeed, printer security is not merely about ensuring hardcopy patient data is not mishandled. It’s also about ensuring that printers don’t become conduits for malicious, directed attacks on wider healthcare networks. While many printers come equipped with security features, it’s up to healthcare organizations to ensure that those features are activated, kept up to date, monitored and integrated into the wider security architecture. HP solutions make keeping an eye on printer security easy, efficient and effective.
Healthcare organizations routinely use authentication, encryption and monitoring to protect data on PCs, networks and servers. But ensuring the printing and imaging environment is also protected is just as critical. Like PCs, printers are connected to the network, can send emails and have features like stored memory that can be vulnerable to attack — even if they’re behind a firewall.
That’s why HP printers and MFPs come equipped with robust security settings. When properly configured, these can keep devices data, and the broader network secure. But IT may still find it challenging and time-consuming to keep up with device security if they’re doing it on a printer-by-printer basis.
HP Printer Security Plug-in provides IT admins the ability to improve print fleet security and compliance when managing devices through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Alternatively, they can choose HP JetAdvantage Security Manager for comprehensive print security compliance, plus Instant-On Security and fleet certificate management.
More importantly, HP printers can be easily integrated into Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools to save IT time and expense, while increasing security of the network. SIEM tools gather event messages generated by your HP print fleet — such as run-time intrusion detection, device failure or repeated login failures — and correlate them into meaningful and actionable information. Total endpoint protection also means all-important HIPAA compliance.
The result: You can defend your network with the world’s most secure printing. HP devices not only provide security capabilities to auto detect an attack, but they also auto recover without IT intervention, saving you valuable time and resources. That’s safer, smarter healthcare.