Business Solution Case Study with CognitiveTPG Partner The Steve Holmes Group

Key Partnership Leads To Thousands Of Healthcare Clients

By Brian Albright

This reseller/integrator has a lucrative recurring revenue stream thanks to its expertise in bar code printer staging and deployments.

Reseller/integrator The Steve Holmes Group has a longstanding partnership with electronic health record (EHR) solutions provider MEDITECH. When MEDITECH sells its software suite to a hospital, the facility is referred to the Steve Holmes Group for its printing needs, as well as for any related mobile applications.

According to CEO Steve Holmes, his company works with MEDITECH hospitals, deploying bar code label and wristband printing, inventory solutions, document imaging, and other solutions and peripherals. The company’s printing solution is based on a proprietary printing code that works exclusively with MEDITECH’s EHR solution. Holmes uses CognitiveTPG DLXi 4-inch and 2-inch printers, as well as CognitiveTPG’s C-series 4-inch printers. The printers are used in the pharmacy and laboratory for generating labels and radiology jacket labels. At the admissions desk, the CognitiveTPG/ Holmes solution generates wristbands. The printers can also be used in materials management and other applications throughout the hospitals.

Holmes Group loads the code onto the CognitiveTPG printers so they can be deployed in conjunction with the MEDITECH EHR. The VAR is the primary provider of those printing solutions for all of MEDITECH’s 2,200-plus hospital customers around the globe.

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“Each new hospital that signs up with MEDITECH reviews its list of printers and scanners and then conducts a workflow analysis to see where the DLXi or C-series printers will fit,” Holmes says. “We work with the hospital’s IT department to get the printers connected to the MEDITECH EHR, and depending on the application, we determine which scanner is going to work best for them.”

According to Holmes, his company doesn’t always need to have staff on-site. For overseas deployments, most of the work can be done remotely once the printers are loaded with the code and shipped. “The printers are not difficult to set up,” Holmes says. “We’ve sent staff to the UK and other places, but very rarely do we need to have someone on-site to install the printers.”

According to Holmes, the biggest challenge in any installation is making sure the printers and scanners connect correctly to the network. “The EHR software is pretty standard, but there are hospitals out there with different versions,” Holmes says. “Depending on what they’re running, that will determine the configuration of the network and the drivers.”

Deployment sizes vary. For a 25-bed hospital, there might be 30 printing locations that need hardware. In larger facilities (300 beds and up), Holmes Group might provide as many as 100 printers. “We get into their offsite areas too, like surgery centers, physicians’ offices, and urgent care,” Holmes says. Holmes Group also provides CognitiveTPG wristbands, bar code labels, and other consumables.

The printers typically have a long lifespan, so Holmes says they don’t refresh the hardware very often for the hospitals. His company also offers training and application services and supports the printers and scanners for the life of the device, over and above the manufacturer’s warranty.

Creating Add-On Sales
Once it has the printers in place, Holmes is usually able to sell additional solutions to the hospitals. For example, the company also provides MEDITECH Materials Management, document imaging, and the MEDITECH Wireless Phlebotomy solution.

“If we’re working with a lab, the printers are a great foot in the door,” Holmes says. “Once we get them set up, then we’re talking about our wireless phlebotomy solution or specimen collection. That brings in more follow-on business, so we can sell them more scanners or portable printers.

“It’s the same thing in the pharmacy,” he continues. “Maybe they’re looking for a PDA to use for inventory control. At a hospital, once you provide good service as we do with CognitiveTPG, then it’s easier for them to accept you on other projects down the line.”

Holmes is still expanding those additional revenue opportunities. For instance, his company is currently working with CognitiveTPG to develop a secure prescription printing solution for MEDITECH, as well.

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