dismiss

Mark your calendars: the next Clean Sweep Live Auction will be on Thursday, June 21st Click to view the full catalogue

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
SEARCH
当前地点:
>
> This Story


注册记数器 to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

 

 

More Cost Containment Corner

Virtual care and the real world impact Dr. Nick van Terheyden on what it means for hospitals, physicians and patients

A modest proposal: Cost containment and the quality of life Dr. Albert Shar assesses value through the eyes of the patient

Health care’s ‘quiet crisis’ Clinical teams need timely process control and standardization systems and tools

Strategic partnerships: A path to the three rights Achieving the right care requires collaboration

How to improve readmission rates with a population of at-risk patients Neil Smiley, founder Loopback Analytics, on why data analytics must be leveraged at every step

See All Cost Containment Corner  

X-Ray Homepage

In PET and SPECT, getting more sensitive and working smarter A look at the newest systems on the market

Trump moves ahead with tariffs, launches trade war with China Applies to medical imaging equipment and parts

First post-Maria permanent health clinics roll up on Puerto Rican shores Equipped with X-ray and telemedicine capabilities

Chronos Imaging sells 100th CT X-ray tube in under three months Moving quickly after acquiring the former Dunlee CT tube facility from Philips

Urbana hospital turns to projections to keep kids calm during CT scans Making the diagnostic imaging experience less traumatic for children

New model boosts flow efficiency of particle accelerators May lead to smaller accelerators, easier to operate at reduced costs

Zebra Medical Vision unveils deep learning research for automated chest X-ray Balances out radiologist shortage for fast and accurate diagnoses

Tips for responding efficiently to equipment downtime Experts at AAMI discuss strategies to get back up and running

Glassbeam partners with Calamed Enters Caribbean and Latin American markets

Michael T. Nelson ACR Foundation presents Global Humanitarian Award to Minnesota radiologist

Making upgrades to your existing rad/fluoro rooms may be the key to keeping costs down and creating more value

Sean Ruck , Contributing Editor
From the June 2018 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News magazine

For years, the healthcare industry has lamented the state of reimbursements. The volume of the voices raised in displeasure has only grown as reimbursements have declined. So it’s easy to imagine the love/hate relationship many hospitals have with their rad/fluoro rooms.

On one side, it’s important for a number of procedures. On the other side, it’s a technology providing a procedure that might not even break even against the total cost of ownership. According to David Hurlock, sales manager for the Americas at Varex Imaging, the systems aren’t necessarily that expensive, but low reimbursement for procedures and the possibility of the system only being used a few hours a day, makes a return on investment a slow process – if possible at all.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

RaySafe helps you avoid unnecessary radiation

RaySafe solutions are designed to minimize the need for user interaction, bringing unprecedented simplicity & usability to the X-ray room. We're committed to establishing a radiation safety culture wherever technicians & medical staff encounter radiation.



And there’s a few risks for hospitals rolling the dice and sticking with a system that’s in decline. To start with, there’s an argument to be made for being in control of your downtime. By addressing the issue before a breakdown, the downtime can be scheduled to minimize interruptions. Second, the software that many of the older systems run on is no longer supported, meaning no new patches, which can lead to potential issues with data security. And finally, “for systems that are quite long in the tooth, image quality degrades. That can result in a higher dose to the patient in order to get the needed and expected image quality,” said Hurlock.

For many older systems, tubes are no longer being manufactured and warehouse stockpiles are depleted. And as Hurlock pointed out, “they’re vacuum tubes, so eventually they’re going to go out. If you can’t get a replacement camera tube, you have a system that would otherwise be working, but instead is useless.” So what’s a hospital to do?

There are three possible responses: replace, decommission or upgrade.

Since we’re exploring cost containment and the anemic reimbursement has already been mentioned, replacement isn’t the option we’re going to focus on. Also addressed was the fact that r/f is useful for a number of procedures, so decommissioning isn’t a valid answer for most facilities either. That leaves upgrading. And for that conversation, we turned to Robin West, CEO and George Jachode, head design engineer, both with Premier Medical Imaging Medical Systems Inc.

According to the two, Premier has created r/f upgrade solutions for GE Legacy systems and GE systems that were manufactured earlier than the Legacy. Introduced last year, the upgrade addresses all the major concerns of the continued use of an older system. The upgrade can be a planned event, meaning scheduling can be adjusted to create little to no downtime. The upgrade can be a relatively quick turnaround too. “It takes a month to get the system ready, delivered and installed,” said West.
  Pages: 1 - 2 >>

X-Ray Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

做广告
提升您的品牌知名度
拍卖+私人销售
获得最好的价格
买设备/配件
找到最低价格
每日新闻
阅读最新信息
目录
浏览所有的DOTmed用户
DOTmed上的伦理
查看我们的伦理计划
金子分开供营商节目
接收PH要求
金子服务经销商节目
接收请求
提供保健服务者
查看所有的HCP(简称医疗保健提供商)的工具
工作/训练
查找/申请工作
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
获取配件报价
最近证明
查看最近通过认证的用户
最近额定
查看最近通过认证的用户
出租中央
租用设备优惠
卖设备/配件
得到最划算
服务技术员论坛
查找帮助和建议
简单的征求建议书
获取设备报价
真正商业展览
查找对设备的服务
对这个站点的通入和用途是受期限和条件我们支配 法律公告 & 保密性通知
物产和业主对 DOTmed.com,公司 Copyright ©2001-2018 DOTmed.com, Inc.
版权所有