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Canon Demonstrates its Position as a Leading Healthcare Solutions Provider with Distinguished BLI PaceSetter Award


MELVILLE, N.Y., January 4, 2017 – Ringing in the New Year with continued success in healthcare solutions excellence, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that it is has been named a recipient of a 2017 Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) PaceSetter award for Healthcare in the Hospital Networks category. BLI PaceSetter awards are given once a year to recognize vendors that offer highly impressive portfolios of devices, solutions and services for healthcare providers. Made possible by the strong collaboration of document imaging technologies offered by Canon U.S.A. and several of its subsidiaries, this award further validates that Canon integrated solutions can offer valuable tools to help healthcare professionals spend less time on administrative tasks so they may remain focused on improving quality of care, meeting pressures to contain costs and their compliance efforts1.

For this first-of-its-kind study, BLI invited all leading document imaging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to complete an extensive questionnaire detailing their healthcare-relevant offerings in eight key areas: Hardware, Software, Service and Support, Professional Services, Security, Industry Certifications, Vertical Leadership and Overall Value. OEMs that opted to participate were also asked to make key personnel available for in-depth interviews with the BLI analyst team to give a more complete picture of the vendors’ strategies for the healthcare market. After gathering all the data, BLI’s team used a proprietary rating scale to calculate point totals in the key areas studied. Since different segments of the healthcare market have different needs, BLI’s analysts created one rating rubric weighted to reflect the challenges faced by large organizations.

“Document imaging vendors can help healthcare facilities at every level face mounting pressures in many areas, including the need to move from paper records to electronic ones and trim costs wherever possible,” noted Jamie Bsales, director, Office Workflow Solutions Analysis at BLI. “While all four of this year’s winning participants scored well in both the Hospital Networks and Group Practices analyses, Canon scored particularly well in areas most important to regional medical networks.”

“Few industries are undergoing as many challenges as healthcare, which must adapt its practices to rising costs, changing regulatory requirements and other difficulties that challenge healthcare delivery organizations to remain efficient and profitable, while still providing the highest level quality of care. We are honored that Buyers Laboratory has recognized Canon’s ability to help these providers address these challenges,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Devices, Software and Services that contributed to this award include:

Devices
Adoption of electronic health records systems (EHRs) by healthcare organizations has been one of the industry’s most transformative changes. Canon continues to support the goals of the healthcare industry by providing healthcare professionals with outstanding devices to facilitate patient workflow processes through the inclusion of paper-based clinical document information and the virtually seamless exchange of healthcare information into many Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. Notable products within the Canon hardware portfolio that helped achieve this BLI Pacesetter award include various imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageCLASS printers and MFPs, imageFORMULA scanners and imagePRESS color production digital presses, Océ VarioPrint 6000+ and varioPRINT 135 Series monochrome digital production presses.

Software Solutions
Despite the rate of high EHR adoption, many organizations still rely on paper records, including paper charts, physician notes, physician orders and registrations. Canon is committed to developing software solutions and establishing relationships with other leading healthcare solutions vendors to provide integration for unstructured documents into EHRs. In addition, Canon has developed the uniFLOW platform to provide caregivers Secure Print capabilities, restricted device functionality and smooth integration to the PRISMAdirect order and workflow management software for in-plant print centers, which can help reduce total printing costs and provide security features. Canon also scored highly in the software category thanks to solutions offered by Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. These solutions included OpenText™ RightFax and Direct Messaging partner solution, a computer-based fax solution that provides enterprise-grade faxing capabilities across an entire organization and enables the efficient exchange of information to parties outside of the hospital.

Services
BLI applauded Canon for its wide array of services targeted at the healthcare industry, including Digital Conversion Services for Healthcare offered by Canon Information and Imaging Solutions (CIIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., aimed at transforming existing patient records into digital records to help improve efficiency, access to medical files and facilitate key aspects of compliance1 efforts relative to managing patient records. BLI also recognized Canon for its enterprise managed services, as well as its Healthcare Advisory Team offered by Canon Solutions America, a dedicated group of advisors focused on advancing enterprise print and scan platforms throughout the healthcare industry and providing research and best practices related to print, document management technology and workflow optimization.

In addition, BLI acknowledged Canon’s position as a leading solution provider to a broad range of medical professionals leveraging its imaging technology expertise to offer a host of solutions beyond document imaging and managed services. Among these solutions are radiology and ophthalmology equipment, network video surveillance solutions to help monitor hospital premises and LCOS projection systems suitable for university/teaching hospitals.

For more information about Canon U.S.A., visit www.usa.canon.com.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses  and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables. For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call 973-797-2100, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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1 Canon offers security features that can help your business. Many variables can impact the security of your devices and data. Canon does not warrant that the use of its features will prevent malicious attacks, or prevent misuse of devices or data or other security issues. Nothing herein should be construed as legal counsel or regulatory advice concerning customers’ compliance with laws. Customers must have their own qualified counsel determine the feasibility of a particular solution as it relates to regulatory and statutory compliance.

Some security settings may affect device functionality or performance. You may want to test these settings before deploying them in your environment to ensure you understand their effects.

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