Offering integrated medical equipment management in an application service provider model

Antonio Miguel Cruz, Cameron Barr, Ernesto Rodríguez Denis

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Abstract

With the advancement of medical technology and thus the complexity of the equipment under their care, clinical engineering departments (CEDs) must continue to make use of computerized tools in the management of departmental activities. Authors of this paper designed, installed, and implemented an application service provider (ASP) model at the laboratory level to offer value added management tools in an online format to CEDs. The project, designed to investigate how to help meet demands across multiple healthcare organizations and provide a means of access for organizations that otherwise might not be able to take advantage of the benefits of those tools, has been well received. Ten hospitals have requested the service, and five of those are ready to proceed with the implementation of the ASP. With the proposed centralized system architecture, the model has shown promise in reducing network infrastructure labor and equipment costs, benchmarking of equipment performance indicators, and developing avenues for proper and timely problem reporting. The following is a detailed description of the design process from conception to implementation of the five main software modules and supporting system architecture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-490
Number of pages12
JournalBiomedical Instrumentation and Technology
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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