Almost everywhere in the world, the effects of the economic crisis are clearly visible in reduced budgets for healthcare expenditure. Many clinical centers are, therefore, choosing for refurbished or used equipment. There is a difference, though, between refurbished and used. If we consider the example of CT or MRI scans, the vendors dismantle the used equipment, bring it to their facilities and old pieces are replaced, software updated and a fully quality check is done. In addition, these devices have a warranty. Used equipment, however, is normally sold by a retailer and it does not have anything done to it. Choosing one or another will depend a lot on the clinic’s requirements and budget.

Refurbished equipment can be a very good option, when you need to add capacity to your existing facilities, or if you are doing routine scans, which do not require the latest technology. One way or another, the choice is out there, but the decision is up to the buyers.

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LugnegĂ„rd, director of product management at Sectra has written an interesting article about the role of Radiology in the future of Healthcare. Radiology, according to him, is a “natural hub and is in an excellent position to help coordinate the best care”. Through better integration of the clinical process and implementing smart workflows that help save time and money, he believes Radiology can play a key role in making Healthcare more efficient and improving care quality.

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A group of Dutch researchers (Celik et al. 2008) performed a study on diversity in Healthcare and found out that most patients are treated with a ‘one-fits-all’ approach. Only gender is taking into account to treat patients (women and men) in a more personalized way. The researchers state that “special needs and preferences related to different cultural backgrounds, age, and social economic status are hardly noticed”. According to them, this could be changed through education and training of professionals in the particular context they are immersed. Likewise sharing of knowledge is also pointed out as a very important aspect. Nowadays, this could be implemented through knowledge (online) networks where professionals can exchange information and experiences.

This is a very interesting article as it could be a way towards a more “patient-centric” healthcare.

For more information: Celik, H, Abma, T, Widdershoven, G, van Wijmen, F, & Klinge, I (2008), ‘Implementation of diversity in healthcare practices: barriers and opportunities’, Patient Education And Counseling, 71, 1, pp. 65-71