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Ricoh Americas Corporation has introduced its new asset lifecycle management for healthcare solution to help hospitals integrate and simplify their IT portfolio and reporting, while complying with regulatory guidelines.

Said to use Information-as-a-Service offerings from Symphion, Ricoh’s new offering features a software toolset and agentless asset scanning that tracks hardware and software issues on a hospital’s network.

It also provides experts to offer help using the technology, an assessment process to analyse information about print assets and service, IT inventories, configurations, operations and vulnerabilities on a Windows platform, as well as a three-pillar approach comprising IT, compliance and print information.

Additional features include streamlined and automated reporting on software titles to procure licensed software, management of print devices and analysis of print costs, usage and uptime trends, as well as automatic capture of network asset information to reduce manual tasks.

"At its core, the healthcare industry serves to protect the most vulnerable from harm."

Ricoh Americas Corporation Healthcare vice-president Ron Nielson said: "At its core, the healthcare industry serves to protect the most vulnerable from harm.

"For Ricoh this means protecting patients’ private information and helping to ensure that our customers have security safeguards in place to meet HIPAA and HITECH regulations.

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"With our asset lifecycle management for healthcare, hospitals are now equipped with enterprise-wide, constantly updated information about their hardware and software assets to make quick and accurate decisions to keep their technology in good health."

The introduction of the asset lifecycle management emerges after demand for improved efficiencies and reduction of cost, while complying with federal mandates associated with HIPAA compliance and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).

It is said the new system will pave the way for a co-ordinated clinical process by improving hospitals’ information mobility by enabling their IT departments to identify critical asset information, which will enhance the quality of medical care and protect the integrity of patients’ confidential information.