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HP announces organizational realignment: PC and printing FAQ’s

Today, HP announced an organizational realignment that will lead to a better customer experience and drive innovation in personal computing and printing.

 

For those that want to learn more about what these changes mean, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

 

Read today’s press release for more information and comments from HP CEO Meg Whitman.

 

What does it mean for HP to combine its Personal Systems Group and Imaging and Printing Group?

We expect that combining these two HP business divisions will improve the customer experience by simplifying HP's branding, supply chain, and customer support world-wide, making it easier to do business with HP.

 

The combined entity will be led by Todd Bradley, who has served as the head of HP’s Personal Systems Group since 2005.

 

Does this mean HP is no longer committed to imaging and printing?

No. This realignment is a reaffirmation of HP’s commitment to imaging and printing.

 

The combination brings together two businesses where HP has established global leadership, leading to a better customer experience and driving innovation in personal computing and printing.

 

Will you reduce your current product offerings?

We are not announcing changes to current product offerings at this time.

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Computerworld Honors Program Names Digital Patient-safety Dashboard Project as 2012 Laureate

Today the Computerworld Honors Program announced the Patient-Centered Dashboard project, a collaboration between Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, HP Labs and the HP Social Innovation group, as a 2012 Laureate. The electronic dashboard replaces the traditional whiteboard (with hand-written patient names, room numbers, responsible staff names, etc.), using detailed patient data to predict patient needs, and giving busy hospital personnel access to essential patient information from one central location, including at-a-glance alerts (with red, yellow, and green urgency-level lights) that can help prevent life-threatening complications. 

 

For over two decades, The Computerworld Honors Program has recognized individuals and organizations who use information technology to advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.

 

Here’s a blog post previously published here on Data Central, which discusses the details of the project: 

 

HP and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Innovate to Improve Care and Save Lives

As a result of preventable medical slip-ups caused by human error, many patients face unnecessary complications and in some case even death. One of the biggest problems facing hospital staff is the quantity of data generated during normal patient care. In addition to working in highly stressful environments, medical professionals are required to monitor, absorb, process, and act on vast amounts of highly complex information – vital signs, bodily functions, medications, reports from different specialists, and much more.

 

To provide necessary support for hospital staff and make effective use of the endless patient data stream, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and HP today announced a new real-time patient status system. Packard Children’s Hospital is piloting the electronic Patient-Centered Dashboard in its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

 

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Physicians at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital [and researchers from HP Labs] review a unit-wide Dashboard located in the Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

 

The electronic dashboard replaces the traditional whiteboard (with hand-written patient names, room numbers, responsible staff names, etc), using detailed patient data to predict patient needs, and giving busy hospital personnel access to essential patient information from one central location, including at-a-glance alerts (with red, yellow, and green urgency-level lights) that can help prevent life-threatening complications. 

 

In May, HP and Packard Children’s Hospital announced a Global Social Innovation partnership that highlighted joint research projects, such as the Patient-Centered Dashboard. The organizations have been collaborating on research around patient safety for over two years. 

 

To date, the pilot program has yielded positive results, finding that the Patient-Centered Dashboard prompts a change in care in one out of three young patients. Examples include reminding staff of overdue care, such as replacing or removing equipment that might otherwise cause infection, altering the type or quantity of medication, taking measures to prevent pressure ulcers (bed sores) and raising the head of the bed to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. The dashboard is designed to be usable in other hospitals in the United States and around the world.

 

As Jaap Suermondt, director of healthcare research at HP Labs says, “By getting better information into the hands of caregivers, technology has the potential not only to improve lives, but also to save them.” 

 

Watch to see how the Patient-Centered Dashboard is helping hospital staff improve patient care: 

 



For more information about HP's commitment to improve healthcare, please visit: www.hp.com/go/socialinnovationhealth

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