by John W. Mitchell
, Senior Correspondent | April 29, 2019
From the April 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Any hospital or healthcare facility considering mobile service should decide on several factors, advised Richter. In addition to the obvious choice of equipment, other considerations include the use of OEM parts and competency in meeting Joint Commission, ACR, or other accrediting body standards, added Richter.
Like Link with TIC, Absolute Medical Imaging’s principal, Jordan Brinker said that the demand for mobile imaging solutions is on the rise. His company offers mobile CT, MR, PET/CT and nuclear medicine. Brinker agrees that the heightened market activity is partly due to the availability of older generations of equipment available for new upgrades, as well as growing awareness of mobile solutions.
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“A unique trend that we have not seen before is the OEM no longer offering their flagship systems in a mobile configuration,” said Brinker. “While Siemens and GE offer a wide range of new MRI and CT units, they do not offer most of these systems in a mobile configuration.”
This, he stressed, is why it is important to be knowledgeable of system capabilities, limitations, and similarities. Being armed with that information allows Absolute to help its customers rent a mobile system that matches their wants and needs.
Echoing others in the industry, Mark Koers, executive vice president, sales and marketing for Modular Devices said 2018 was "one of our best years," with a definite increase in demand from previous years. The company provides cardiac, peripheral vascular, electrophysiology and CT solutions via short term (one- to five-month) mobile lab trailers as well as modular lab buildings for longer (six- to 24-month) assignments.
“One of the factors which we often see is many hospitals aren’t able to replace their aging technology as often as they would like,” said Koers. “So, when an X-ray system goes down unexpectedly they’re faced with either downtime or bringing in an interim mobile lab to help continue providing services and minimize the downtime.”