Print to a file as .txt

By GSG ·
I need some help. I've asked this question before and only gotten one response, and I'm revisiting the issue.

I have a transcription system that prints to various printers based on rules that are set up. I need to set up printers for this system that will print to a file as a .txt based document rather than to a physical printer.

This must all be done without user intervention as we need this to stay a fully automatic process.

I'm printing off of a Windows 2003 server. (please, no Windows bashing as this is what the vendor requires)

Any ideas?

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Print to file driver might do you

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Print to a file as .txt

Add a printer pick the FILE device, choose generic mnaufacturer and generic raw text.

On y va

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That's what I thought

by GSG In reply to Print to file driver migh ...

I'm having trouble finding one that will work without user intervention, though.

I've found quite a few that will work if I sit there and manually create a filename for it, but since we're talking well over 1000 documents every day, that's not exactly something I want to do.

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Waht's the reason for printing it as opposed to

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to That's what I thought

just writing to a file?

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print vs write

by GSG In reply to Waht's the reason for pri ...

Because the documents are not stored as a whole document as if you'd typed the document in it's entirety in Word. Each section is stored in a different part of the database.

When the transcriptionist saves the document, it saves the document to it's spots in the database, then a print process starts based on rules that we've written. This is called the "end" process. That's the only time that the document is pulled all together in one document, when it's sent to a printer.

That's why I'm trying to do the print to file. There's also an HL7 output that is already sent through my interface engine, but this application will not accept an HL7 message, so I have to send the documents as a text file, or print them to paper and have them scanned in, which is unacceptable.

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Paranoia, can be justified sometimes can't it?

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to print vs write

You just have to believe no one could have made something so simple, so difficult by accident.

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Job Security

by GSG In reply to Paranoia, can be justifie ...

It's job security for me so I can't complain too much. It's also a cash cow for the vendor. If they made it easy, they wouldn't be able to charge me for a COLD feed and for professional services, plus monthly maintenance on said COLD feed.

It's still cheaper to do than the way it was done 15 years ago, which was to print it on paper then scan it in, manually index it to the correct patient folder, QA it later, then throw the paper away. We'd have to add 2 FTE's if we did it that way.

I just always try to find the free way to do something first, and it looks like it isn't going to happen this time. I may just have to suck it up and ask for the money. It'll simplify the process immensely if I pay for the COLD feed as opposed to the way we're doing it now.

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So it can currently print directly to a printer?

by jdclyde In reply to Print to a file as .txt

without any intervention, you can send output directly to a printer now?

Not sure of your process, but this is something I came across to redirect output to a file instead of a printer.

Wonder if a substitution of the lpt port to a file would work?

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by GSG In reply to So it can currently print ...

I'll look into that. I'm printing to about 50 printers, both real and virtual right now. I'm using a tool called VPS Anyqueue, and while it works beautifully as a virtual printer that transforms the print job to a text document and sends it to a directory, it's expensive and I have to have a dedicated server to run it. I can save hundreds of dollars a month, and not have to upgrade this server if I can find a solution.

Plus, it will look good to my boss if I say that I saved the money. That's always a plus.

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