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Pandemic or not, MR remote monitoring saves money

por John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | September 15, 2020
From the September 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Monitoring progress
Poor maintenance is one of the top, if not the largest, reason for breakdowns in MR components. Remote monitoring can give providers progress reports to help improve outcomes and cut off issues before they become serious.

“By comparing a week’s or a month’s worth of data you start trending and can easily see something is going to go out of spec — and fix it before it fails entirely,” said Sodomire. “We monitor the doors being open, humidity, g-shock during transport, and basically can convert our system to monitor whatever you desire.”

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Programs like this are especially handy in identifying urgent services needs concerning the MR system itself.

“Magnet related, urgent services would include power issues, helium pressure, sensor readings related to internal temperatures, and chiller problems,” said McGuire. “Based on readings we can determine whether a call requires immediate action or can be scheduled. We have two types of remote units: one that monitors magnet related issues and a newer version that monitors the magnet and system issues.”

The best argument for implementing MR remote monitoring is the economic savings it provides.

"MR downtime is expensive and inconvenient. Remote monitoring enables service teams know about problems immediately,” said Wong. “When time is money, getting someone to the site fast to fix the problem quickly is very important."

Despite experiencing little impact as a result of the pandemic, McClellan believes that changes created under these conditions will, in the long run, make remote monitoring and services more attractive to providers.

“I think the new realities of the pandemic only make remote monitoring and service access all the more practical,” he said. “With travel limited (or in some interstate cases subject to quarantine periods) and social distancing in effect, doing as much service as possible from your home or office seems like an obvious solution.”

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