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China power problems close factories

  • Reuters News Service reports that several key Apple and Tesla suppliers have halted production at some of their Chinese facilities to comply with country’s tighter energy consumption policies
  • Foxconn, aka Hon Hai Precision, owner of Sharp, said it suspended production at its facilities in Kunshan, China in direct response to city’s policy of stopping electricity supply for industrial use
  • CNN reported that “power cuts that reduce factory output could deliver a one-two punch that may knock China’s fragile recovery off course, while spelling further trouble for global supply chains that are already struggling to cope”

Supply chain issues continue

  • Article published in Daily Mail newspaper
  • Reporting that cargo ships anchored off New York and Los Angeles now face a delay of 4 weeks to berth and unload
  • Also reports that freight trains in Chicago area are backed up 25 miles

Fujifilm to compete with Xerox in Europe/SA

  • Nikkei Asia newspaper is reporting that Fujifilm will be selling its MFPs, PPS and printers in Europe and South America
  • This will put it in direct competition with Xerox, which relabels Fujifilm’s products
  • Fujifilm will continue to supply Xerox with equipment until 2024 under current agreement
  • Unknown when Fujifilm will enter the S.

Canon launches new wide format printers

  • Now shipping the imagePROGRAF GP-2000, GP-4000, GP-200 and GP-300 wide format color inkjet printers
  • Widths of 24”, 44”, 24” and 36” respectively
  • Supports vivid neon colors
  • Radiant Infusion technology
  • Pantone Calibrated license for Pantone Pastels and Neons Guide Coated
  • GP-2000 and GP-4000 models offer 10 colors of ink
  • GP-200 and GP-300 models offer 5 colors of ink

Canon wins production print contract

  • Award from Marshfield Clinic Health System, headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin
    • Installed new varioPRINT i300 production color inkjet system
    • will be used to produce brochures, letters, booklets and marketing materials

HP wins production print contract

  • Award from Prime Rate, a commercial printer in the country of Hungary
  • Installed a PageWide Web Press T240D production color inkjet system
  • Will be used for book publishing

HP publishes results of security survey

  • 39% of office workers were unsure of their existing data security policies
    • 36% had been given training on how to protect their home network
    • 54% were more worried about company deadlines than exposing business to a data breach
    • 48% thought security policies are a hindrance
    • 37% say security policies are too restrictive
    • 48% said security measures result in a lot of wasted time
    • 31% have tried to circumvent security
  • 83% of IT teams believe that working from home is a “ticking time bomb” for breach
    • 80% said IT security is a “thankless task”

HP launches two new inkjet MFPs

  • Now offering the Smart Tank 7300 and Smart Tank 7000 models
  • MSRPs of $499 and $399 respectively
  • Use refillable ink bottles instead of replacement cartridges
    • Color ink bottles hold 70 milliliters for $14.99 each, rated at 8,000 pages based on 5% coverage per page
    • Black ink bottle holds 135 milliliters for $16.99 each, rated at 6,000 pages based on 5% coverage per page
  • Print, copy and scan features standard
  • 7300 model has document feeder holds up to 35 originals
  • Auto duplex
  • Security features standard include virus and malware protection
  • Built-in print controller
    • WiFi and USB
    • 7300 model also has 10/100/1000BaseT port

Kofax hires new executive

  • Announced that Adam Field is new SVP of Technology Strategy and Experience
  • Will drive innovation and optimize Kofax customer experiences
  • Reports to Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer
  • (Konica Minolta offers Kofax’s ControlSuite solutions for document capture and print management)

Sharp launches 2 new production printers

  • Sharp is owned by Foxconn, aka Hon Hai Precision of Taiwan
  • Now shipping the MX-M1206 and MX-M1056 production b/w laser systems
  • Top speeds of 120ppm and 105ppm respectively
  • 4” color LCD touchscreen on an armature
  • Document feeder holds up to 300 originals
    • Top scan speed of 120opm or 240ipm
    • Scans both sides of original at same time
    • Scan to OneDrive, SharePoint Online, Box and Google Drive
    • OCR standard (MS Office and searchable PDFs)

–     1200x1200dpi

  • 2 second first copy out time
  • Maximum of 13,500 sheet paper supply with options
    • Triple air feed paper handling option
    • Handles up to cover stock (300gsm)
    • Optional 500 sheet bypass
  • Finishing options include:
    • GBC SmartPunch plus
    • 100 sheet stapling
    • Booklet making (up to 80 page booklets) with optional trimmer
    • Hole punch kit
    • Curl correction unit
    • Multi folding unit
    • Plockmatic booklet maker (up to 120 pages)
    • Cover inserter
  • Built-in print controller
    • 4GHz processor
    • 6GB RAM
    • 1 terabyte hard drive with data encryption and data overwrite
      • Optional MX-FR66U data security kit for certified security features
    • Synappx Go compatible (downloadable apps to panel)
    • Security features standard include Firmware Attack Prevention, Self Recovery and Application Whitelisting
    • Adobe embedded print engine technology
    • PCL and PS print drivers standard
    • 10/100/1000BaseT & USB ports
    • Optional EFI Fiery print server with 7GHz processor and 8GB RAM

Sharp’s parent buys auto plant

  • Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision of Taiwan, is owner of Sharp
  • Announced that it will be acquiring Lordstown Motors ’s plant in Ohio
  • Lordstown Motors acquired the plant from General Motors in 2019, which was originally opened in 1966
  • Plan is to use plant to manufacture electric vehicles

Ricoh to launch new A4 b/w MFP

  • Soon to ship M320F, an A4 b/w laser desktop MFP
  • Also to launch the P311 a new single function b/w A4 laser printer
  • Both are 34ppm top speed

Ricoh signs new contract for service

  • (Ricoh has been offering its direct branch service organization for hire to support other non-print related technologies)
  • Announced contract with Coghlin Companies, headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Coghlin is a product development and contract manufacturing services provider
  • Includes industrial robotics, medical devices, additive manufacturing,
  • “leverage the global Ricoh service delivery infrastructure to support their offerings”
  • Will include end user training, remote services, ongoing maintenance and onsite break/fix

Lexmark launches new solution

  • Lexmark is a division of Ninestar of China
  • Now offering the new Lexmark Optra IoT Platform
  • Enables customers to connect data from their devices with data from their other systems, such as their ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems and CRM (customer relation management) systems
  • Enables predictive service, flagging issues before they occur
  • Maximize device lifecycles based on device sensor information
  • Monitor devices through their lifecycle
  • Obtains performance and sensor data from Lexmark printers and MFPs
  • Reporting dashboards and business process templates
  • Lexmark has a team of dedicated consultants to assist in implementation

Hyland offers new features for OnBase ECM

  • Integration with com
  • Integration with Adobe Sign Expanded
  • Intelligent automation capabilities within Nuxeo Insights
  • Hyland Epic Hyperdrive allows ability to view, scan and sign deficiencies for unstructured content within Epic EHR workflows
  • Intelligent MedRecords Validated automatically classifies patient documents and send them to HIM (health information management) experts using machine learning

PaperCut new feature for Sharp & Ricoh

  • PaperCut announced that its Hive product now offers “Quick Scan” feature for Ricoh and Sharp MFPs
  • Customizable for specific users
  • Scan to cloud storage

Dealership has new ownership

  • Chelsey Bode announced she is new owner of Pearson-Kelly Technology, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri
  • Has been the primary partner in charge of day-to-day operations since 2011
  • Previous owner was Mike Kelly, who is Chelsey’ father

New remote meter read solution

  • Always Reporting Data of Fairfield, New Jersey, announced it has launched AR Data
  • Enables copiers and printers to always report meters
  • Is a stick-on relay box which mounts on back or any brand of copier or printer
  • Web interface to register dealer’s managed print service software
  • Available from Ingram Micro distributor
  • MSRP of $99.99

Postal mail volume down

  • Data published by the United States Postal Service
  • First class mail volume down from 9 billion in 2019 to 52.6 billion in 2020
  • Marketing mail volume down from 7 billion to 64.1 billion

College students prefer printed textbooks

  • Survey results published by Direct Textbook
  • 62% of college students in U.S. surveyed said they prefer studying with printed textbooks versus electronic versions
  • Claim print is easier to read than on screen
  • 25% admit to printing pages from electronic textbooks
  • 70% of those that choose electronic books say their top reason for choosing is that they believe it is better for environment

Commercial printers employment up

  • Data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • All employment up 4% year over year
  • Production positions up 4%
  • Publishing positions up 3%
  • Graphic design up 4%
  • Direct mail advertising up 7%
  • US total labor force participation rate is still low at 61.7%

Most company PCs don’t meet requirement?

  • Lansweeper Inc. published results of survey which scanned 30 million devices in 60,000 different organizations
  • 55% of PC workstations being used in US companies surveyed can NOT be upgraded to new Microsoft Windows 11 due to minimum hardware requirements
  • (great opportunity for offering AllCovered managed IT services)
  • Windows 11 launch in scheduled for 10/5/2021
  • Support for Windows 10 ends on 10/2025
  • Requirements include:
    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB data storage
    • UEFI secure boot
    • DirectX 12 graphics card
    • TPM (trusted platform module) 2.0

Digitalization hurts employee productivity?

  • Research published by Cornell University of Ithaca, NY and Qatalog
  • 45% claim it makes them less productive when they constantly glance between email inboxes, tools, documents, and more onscreen
  • 43% say it is exhausting to constantly switch between tools
  • Spend an average of 36 minutes daily switching between tools
  • Average of 10 minutes spent to get back in to good workflow after they have entered a new app
  • Spend 59 minutes each day on average looking for information hidden within folders on different applications
  • Have to interrupt at least 2 coworkers up to 5 times per day to get assistance in locating information
  • 54% say adding apps to improve workflow actually makes it harder to find data they need



Feds to provide $1 billion for HC to spend

New person in charge of HIPAA enforcement

  • President Biden appointed Lisa Pino as new Director of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health & Human Services
  • Previously worked in the Department of Homeland Security for President Obama

Cerner has new CEO and policy change

  • David Feinberg, MD, MBA takes the helm as president and CEO of Cerner.
  • Predecessor Brent Shafer ends his 3 years and eight months with CERN shares down 6% versus the Nasdaq’s 101%
  • extended its return-to-office date from 8/1/2021 to January 10, 2022

Epic wins EHR contract

  • Award from Walmart Health
  • Will be implemented in 4 of the Walmart Health Centers in Florida

MEDITECH wins EHR contract

  • Award from Unity Health of Searcy, Arkansas
  • Will implement MEDITECH Expanse

Access wins solution contract

  • Award from Star Valley Health of Wyoming
  • Installed Access eForms eSignature Platform solution
  • Claims that solution will reduce printing of 750,000 pages per year

Healthcare fraud in the news

  • The U.S. Justice Department announced it has charged 6 physical therapists in New York and 2 acupuncturists
  • Allegedly involved in a $20 million fraud scheme for billing Medicare for services not actually rendered

HIPAA & Cybersecurity Updates

  • Springhill Medical Center of Mobile, Alabama is being sued by a mother who alleges that her baby died as a result of hospital’s negligence that allowed ransomware to shut down
  • Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, Indiana notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • Horizon House of Philadelphia, PA notified 35,000 patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • Hospital boards are “pouring money” into cybersecurity due to the rise of ransomware attacks, according to article in Healthcare IT News magazine
    • (more opportunity to resell HIPAA services from AllCovered Healthcare)
  • Allen Independent School District of Texas notified an unknown number of students that their info was exposed after ransomware
  • Paxton Media Group of Kentucky was hit by a lawsuit claiming the company was negligent after info on 20,000 employees was exposed after
  • Safeway stores in Washington D.C. notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after COVID-19 vaccine paper records were
  • Zimperium zLabs reports that the GriftHorse Trojan has stolen info from 10 million users of Android-based smartphones and
  • Researchers at universities in England are warning of a major security vulnerabilities in the

Apply Pay platform.

  • Neiman Marcus department stores, headquartered in Dallas, TX, notified 4.6 million customers that their info was exposed after cybersecurity
  • McAllen Surgical Specialty Center of Texas notified 29,227 patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • ZDNet magazine publishes result of survey of healthcare IT security professionals:
    • 36% say ransomware attacks increase complications for patients following medical procedures
    • 70% saw delays in procedures and test results
    • 70% of patients had longer stay at hospital
    • 20% say attack lead to increase in deaths
  • Mercy Grace Private Practice of Gilbert, AZ notified 4,500 patients that their PHI was exposed after email phishing
  • Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center of California notified 12,921 patients that their PHI was exposed after email phishing
  • Healthpointe Medical Group of La Mirada, CA notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • The Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation of West Sacramento, CA notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • The Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in Blue Ash, OH notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after email phishing
  • Golden Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas, NV notified an unknown number of customers that their info was exposed after malware
  • United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley in California notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after ransomware
  • Carmel Clay School District of Indiana notified 15,817 students that their info was exposed after email phishing
  • Greenville County Public School District of Emporia, Virginia notified an unknown number of students that their info was exposed after ransomware
  • The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas notified an unknown number of patients that their PHI was exposed after email phishing
  • Pottawatomie County officials in Kansas notified an unknown number of citizens that their info was exposed after recent ransomware attack. Officials admitted to paying the ransom.


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