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BWMH shifted to a managed print environment to lower overall printing costs and deliver greater efficiency and visibility across both their MFDs and printers.

Burnside War Memorial Hospital Reduce Printing Costs, Save on Consumables and Automate Processes

A not-for-profit, community-based hospital with 76 beds, Burnside Hospital provides premier acute medical, surgical and obstetric health care for patients, clients and their families, and has a strong reputation for its maternity care. The hospital employs 330 people working in shifts to cover its 24 hour-day, seven day-a-week operation. Of the 330 employees, approximately 120 have access to a PC and 180 operate a diverse range of document management devices including five Canon monochrome Multifunction Devices (MFDs), 23 Lexmark monochrome and colour printers, and various fax machines and scanners.

THE KEY OBJECTIVES:

BWMH  were looking to replace their existing Canon service contract that was expiring. They were experiencing increased service calls, more frequent episodes of downtime and poor performance of the devices that were impactful. Their key goals included: 

  • Reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their document equipment
  • Simplification of the currently diverse fleet and toners
  • Improve the currently poor toner management and reduce manual errors
  • To be able to measure and evaluate overall printing costs

THE CHALLENGE

The Canon Multifunction Devices were facing end of life and Burnside’s service contract with Canon was due to expire. With increased service calls for the devices and more frequent episodes of downtime, the poor performance of the devices was impacting the efficiency of Burnside’s medical records department and their reception desks, both of which are critical to Burnside’s daily administration and require reliable printing and copying capabilities for maintaining patient records and addressing a range of other documentation needs.

In addition to the problems the hospital was facing with its current MFD fleet, they were interested in building the profile of the maternity unit and attracting more women to Burnside for their obstetrics care. This required the production of high quality, printed marketing materials and support guides, but the current colour printers had limited finishing options and demanded expensive colour toners. Burnside had no choice but to outsource the printing of these materials, which usually required a minimum quantity order of hundreds, if not thousands.

The hospital’s newer Lexmark printers were less than one year old, and Burnside was quite happy with their performance given the quality and speed for such inexpensive initial costs. Unfortunately the service response time of next business day did not satisfy the critical nature of its operations. The hospital was also unable to track the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of these devices.

In order to gain greater support and maximise performance, Burnside initially set out to simply replace the five old Canon monochrome MFDs with new colour MFDs, which would be more reliable and offer greater efficiency.

“We had established there was an urgent need to replace the old Canon MFDs, however after examining Kyocera’s TCO proposition and device agnostic MPS offering, the concept of replacing both printers and MFDs under a Managed Print Services (MPS) contract offered clear advantages that we simply could not ignore, not least of which included significant cost savings and streamlined product support,” said Ben Knappstein, IT Manager, BWMH.

The concept of replacing both printers and MFDs under a MPS contract offered clear advantages that we simply could not ignore

- Ben Knappstein, IT Manager, BWMH

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THE SOLUTION

Kyocera began working with Burnside by completing a thorough assessment of the hospital’s printing costs, which provided insight into the real TCO of its existing printer and MFD fleet. Burnside realised that while achieving its MFD replacement objective, it could also move to a managed print environment to lower overall printing costs and deliver greater efficiency and visibility across both its MFDs and printers.

With the help of Kyocera, Burnside replaced its entire Canon and Lexmark fleet with TASKalfa 500ci and TASKalfa 400ci, productive BertL5-star rating Kyocera colour A3 MFDs with various finishing features (also replacing the functions of several different stand alone fax machines and scanners), along with two FS-C5300DN, three FS-C5100DN, five FS-3900DN, one FS-4000DN printer and 12 FS-1118MFP A4 MFDs. Importantly, Kyocera’s MPS offering not only provided a single management solution that incorporated all Burnside’s MFDs and printers, it also guaranteed a single service level agreement (SLA) that set service response times of under four hours for all.

And, given the critical and unique nature of hospital operations and the urgency in solving any technical issues, Kyocera also equipped Burnside with an easy diagnostic guide and end user training to quickly and easily minimise the impact should any downtime occur in the middle of the night or during holidays. In addition, Kyocera paid extra attention to the devices in the Medical record and reception area in which the technician provided preventive maintenance and placed additional A4 MFD devices as a way to minimise the occasion and impact of downtime.

Kyocera also established the ability to automatically collect meter readings for Burnside’s MFDs and printers, which could then be composed into a single usage report and single invoice for all devices. The ability to automatically order new toner supplies whenever MFD or printer toners in use are running low also helped the hospital to eliminate the workload of managing and ordering toners.

The MPS solution delivered additional streamlining by providing a single price structure for monochrome and colour printing, which would vastly simplify the complexity associated with cost optimisation. It also standardised the drivers for MFDs and printers, so users working across multiple divisions could print with greater ease.

We are benefiting from quality print solutions that support our business processes and enable us to be more flexible

Ben Knappstein, IT Manager, BWMH

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Performance

Performance - The solution automatically recognises, checks, classifies and validates data from mail and email invoices.

Protection

Protection - The integrity of the invoice payment system is strengthened through Electronic Security enhancements

Speed

Speed - Data captured is matched ot the Supplier Masterfile and goes directly to the manager responsible. The authorisation process is automated by using electronic signatures and file transfer

Logic

Logic - Electronic invoices are easily located on the server by supplier name and invoice amount, so the Finance Department can access easily

Burnside has reduce its overall printing costs by at least 35 percent

Ben Knappstein, IT Manager, BWMH

THE RESULTS

Implementing the Kyocera solution delivered several measurable improvements and impressive results for BWMH, that:

  • Reduced their overall printing costs by at least 35%
  • Reduced workload of the administration department by approximately 85%
  • Saved around $4,000 in consumable inventory cost, as the hospital no longer needs to stock unnecessary spare toner units, which it had done to buffer the risk of multiple printers needing new toner at the same time.
  • Achieved a substantially lower number of service calls for the hospital, with any issues addressed within the four hour service response time and all printer and MFD devices serviced by a single Kyocera technician in one visit. 
  • Lower cost and greater flexibility with more printing being completed in-house. The hospital has been able to produce a range of new marketing collateral to raise awareness of its services among current and potential patients, including brochures about its maternity unit, breastfeeding, tips for new parents and postnatal support services offered by the hospital - printing which otherwise would have been outsourced at a much higher cost.
  • Managing print costs has also been made possible by the monthly usage and cost reports that are now automatically provided to the hospital, enabling easier and more effective it decision making. Additionally quarterly reviews are done with the hospital to further optimise the printing environment and improve workflows.
  • Minimised the hospital’s environmental impact with Kyocera’s toner-only replacement design, utilising the KyoCollect consumables recycling program and the minimal use of non-recyclable components in toners and packaging.