Time Saving and Accurate RFID Solutions
GAO RFID offers time efficient and accurate solutions that allow your medical diagnostic imaging services center to efficiently and effectively track all assets stored in your center. Additionally, it can also be used to control access to your clinic, storage areas, and control parking. Tracking assets and taking inventory is as simple as a staff member walks through the center and storage areas holding a handheld PC that is preinstalled with an RFID reader which automatically tracks all tagged imaging equipment, medical tools, supplies and inventory that is in the center. This simplifies the scanning process and saves time as there is no manual scanning required.
GAO RFID Diagnostic Imaging Services Asset Management System
What It Tracks
Our RFID system can track all diagnostic imaging assets including:
- Medical trays, carts and trolleys
- Ultrasound machines & equipment
- X-Ray protective equipment
- Medical files & cabinets
- Medical gowns
- Imaging monitors & computer equipment
- Office supplies
- POS machines
The GAO RFID Diagnostic Imaging Services Asset Management Solution can be scaled to fit the needs of all diagnostic imaging centers of various sizes, or even a multi services medical center. It’s incorporated into the center when all an RFID tag is attached on each equipment which is then tracked automatically by the handheld computer equipped with an RFID reader.
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In addition to the diagnostic imaging asset management, we also offer an RFID Access Control System and RFID Parking Control System that can be tailored to your diagnostic imaging center’s needs and controls who can access areas of your center and parking. Click on either below to learn more.
The Diagnostic Imaging Services Industry
The diagnostic imaging industry is a specialized medical imaging service. They mainly provide X-rays and ultrasound scan services; as well as advanced imaging services like CT and MRI scans. Diagnostic imaging uses machines equipped with radiation technology to scan body parts that need internal examination with the purpose of identifying and diagnosing a person’s medical condition. For patients to utilize this service, they must have written referral requests from their local General Practitioner (GP).
The imaging service consists of three main elements of the market segment which are:
- Product (X-Ray, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Application Type (Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology)
- User (Hospitals, Diagnostic Centers)
In recent years, diagnostic imaging is among one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States in the medical sector. One of the main factors is due to the advancement of modern technology and innovative imaging equipment released into the markets by tech companies. Competition arises between diagnostic imaging providers as the increasing rate of people suffering from chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, lupus and cardiovascular diseases. The targeted demographic population that the diagnostic imaging is marketed to, is the elderly people aged 65 and above. In addition, not only there has been increase in demand for diagnostic imaging services centers around the US, but also an expansion in existing hospital buildings to prioritize and make space for imaging services within the hospital. This is due to more people who have more serious/ severe conditions that need ongoing treatment and can access these services right in the hospital instead of a separate imaging center.
The diagnostic imaging market is rapidly changing due to technological advancement which develops innovative designs to upgrade imaging machines. The key market players are aiming to take a more innovative approach to utilize technology that is feasibly available and accessible to develop more advanced imaging equipment that would be cost-efficient but effective in services. Furthermore, government funding would be allocated to hospitals for staff training on using imaging equipment. Funding is also used towards educational institutions, such as universities and medical research facilities to aid in laboratories for medical students majoring in diagnostic imaging.
Diagnostic imaging center staff must be licensed to be able to operate imaging equipment and machines to carry out imaging procedures. These health professionals must also be trained in using electromagnetic radiology technology, and understand the process of producing images using X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, and positron emission tomography. The medical radiographers must act professionally and ethically when conducting imaging procedures and are obliged to provide protection measures from radiation. They also work with other medical professionals such as oncologists, neurologists, and other specialists.
Specifically, X-rays are one of the main types of diagnostic imaging within the imaging service. For X-rays procedures, the radiologist or imaging staff will request the patient to change into a hospital gown and remove all jewelry and stand or sit positioned in front of the X-ray machine. Each appointment is specific to the needs of the patient, and the overall procedure takes up to approximately half an hour.
In diagnostic imaging centers where there are several various types of imaging equipment and medical tools being utilized, it is important to have an effective tracking system in place. This will reduce the amount of lost and misplaced medical equipment/tools that would need to be replaced.. The diagnostic imaging center should invest in an effective asset tracking system that can efficiently track all equipment that is used by the diagnostic imaging center.
The Commercial and Institutional School Construction Industry
Commercial and institutional buildings are the most common types of construction seen and used by the public. The terms “commercial” and “institutional” refer to organizations or establishments that are formed for religious, social, educational, or other similar purposes. This form of construction serves to create buildings for public use, such as churches, banks or schools. The construction of schools may be considered as one of the most important types of public institutions since they are of particular interest to governments, communities, and corporations, as education has become a crucial element for success. Schools provide early childhood, primary, secondary, and higher education opportunities, which in turn provide the necessary skills required to join the workforce.
Due to the importance of education, several hundred thousand public and private school buildings have been constructed all across North America, with millions of students in attendance every year. In the US, large cities tend to have the highest amount of schools; these cities include Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, among several others. The school construction market continues to climb as cities and suburban areas continue to grow in geographical and population size and must make education more accessible to the public.
School construction varies for each building, as it must meet the community’s needs for which it is created. For example, some residential areas are spread out and have smaller population sizes, while some areas are more densely populated and have lower amounts of space available for construction. This also applies to the types of materials needed, based on certain factors like the environment, city standards, or budget restrictions.
Construction typically requires builders to form lists of materials, which vary in quality, price and quantity. Commercial and institutional construction requires large order capabilities, which now involve GPS delivery and high-tech operating systems to process large orders and move materials. To begin the process of building commercial or institutional schools, school boards, school districts, and city planners must prepare contracts that discuss matters such as site security, environmental and noise control, workers’ hours, necessary materials, and deliveries. Once the materials have been decided on, the party responsible for overseeing the construction process may contact special construction supply facilities, that typically make on-site deliveries. Construction also involves a significant amount of both natural and synthetic materials, such as wood, steel, clay, bricks, rocks, plastics, glass, and cement, which may or may not be used depending on their cost, quality, or effectiveness in the type of building being made. Construction supply facilities keep their materials in large enclosed areas like warehouses, in which workers must keep track of inventory and use large, strong moving equipment for the large amounts of heavy, raw materials being ordered. The types of equipment involved in this process often include utility carts, forklifts, and delivery trucks, which are used to lift and move these heavy materials.
To work in this field, employees typically are not required to have any formal education and instead, go through on-the-job training. However, it may be beneficial to attend a trade school or begin an apprenticeship first. Construction work is very physically taxing, dangerous, and difficult. Given the complex nature of commercial and institutional construction, workers often need special certifications or licenses to perform certain tasks, such as rigging, scaffolding, or welding.
Commercial and institutional construction is very complex and includes a very broad range of assets that must be tracked during the ordering process. Each asset in this industry is crucial to the construction of these buildings, providing them with a good foundation, and meeting the standards for the specific type of building and environmental regulations. There are several different facilities or plots of land that house different kinds of raw materials, such as glass, metals, chemicals, woods, etc., often depending on the storage conditions these materials may require.