Demand for quality used parts has increased as hospitals and health care systems have become more sophisticated about medical equipment maintenance and management. Now more than 10,000 types of refurbished parts for GE diagnostic imaging equipment are available as GoldSeal parts from GE Healthcare. Hospital in-house service departments can find GoldSeal parts alongside new GE parts online at ServiceShop.gehealthcare.com, or obtain by phone (800-558-2040) or through a GE Concierge Parts Agent.
GoldSeal parts are designed to deliver on quality, compatibility and value.
Every GoldSeal part goes through an extensive validation in an ISO 13485 certified process to ensure quality and performance. GE uses proprietary testing methods designed by GE engineers to validate GoldSeal parts, including MR coils and X-ray tubes. GoldSeal parts meet original specifications and are compatible with the GE system revision they were designed for.
GE Healthcare is developing a large inventory of GoldSeal parts, which now includes more than 10,000 GoldSeal part numbers covering GE CT, MR, nuclear medicine, PET, ultrasound, vascular, and radiography. Many are available to ship same or next day.
GoldSeal parts are a reliable option for pre-owned parts at an attractive price, and may help extend the lifecycle of aging systems in need of hard-to-find parts.
“Hospital service departments are looking for a trusted source of quality, affordable parts that are quick and easy to find and obtain. We are excited to introduce GoldSeal parts at AAMI 2017 and expand our support to in-house teams in this way,” said Joe Shrawder, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Global Services.
GE Healthcare also recently unveiled Encompass, a solution designed to help hospitals manage mobile asset inventory, reduce total cost of ownership and achieve better capital allocation. It enables health care providers to find critical mobile assets in real-time with accuracy and ease so they can spend less time searching for equipment and more time focused on providing quality patient care.
Encompass is poised to achieve new levels of RTLS adoption by helping a facility enable better patient care, operational efficiency and financial performance with a simple, fast, flexible and cost-efficient solution. Built upon open standards and commercial Bluetooth Low Energy wireless technology that leverages a hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network, this approach eliminates the classic objections to proprietary hard-wired locating systems.
It can be installed in a matter of days instead of months, and without opening ceilings or drilling into walls to run cable. The capital and installation cost is up to 60 percent lower than for cabled RTLS. There is no requirement for separate, dedicated on-site application and database servers for the hospital to maintain and no dedicated software to update. Furthermore, the applications can be provided as a subscription service.
The system readily scales to accommodate growth and can be easily reconfigured if hospital layouts are redesigned or repurposed. As a cloud-based application, the location system is accessible to any authorized staff member and from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.
“Finally, there is an asset tracking solution that isn’t so problematic to implement,” said Rob Reilly, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. & Canada Services, GE Healthcare. “Also, the opportunity for ROI is quicker. We believe this means that nursing and HTM departments who have been asking for real-time asset tracking capabilities are going to start getting approvals from decision-makers.”
Encompass combines the experience of GE Healthcare in medical devices and hospital operations management with the expertise of its technology partner, Zebra Technologies, a market leader in enterprise mobile computing solutions.
GE Healthcare’s asset performance management (APM) solutions use data and analytics to help improve the reliability and availability of a hospital’s assets, minimize total cost of ownership, and reduce operational risks. GE Healthcare’s APM vision is to give health care providers a holistic, unified view of their GE and non-GE assets by seamlessly integrating with their existing data stores. Encompass fits into the APM ecosystem of predicting, maintaining, locating and analyzing the asset fleet and related operational activities so that the right decisions can be made at the right time.
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