The problem with purchasing or leasing medical equipment such as ekg, echocardiogram or ultrasound machines is that within a few years the machine becomes obsolete. Ok, it does still perform the necessary functions but as the machine gets older you may not be able to update it's software so that it can be used for newer, or more advanced studies and testing. Yes, you could probably trade it in and get a few dollars towards a more sophisticated purchase but within a few years you will have the same scenario. Buying or leasing medical equipment is costly and you really have to have the proper equipment for the job, in that if your office is one that requires accreditation then you have to be able to have equipment that fulfills testing requirements. Each and every year technology changes and improves upon itself. A medical office and it's equipment must keep up with that technology so that they can continue in the practice of medicine. The PC or laptop has evolved immensely. I just think that there should be more of a market in selling PC's or laptops configurable for medical offices and for testing. What do I mean by that? Well, it's quite simple. Most PC's, laptops or tablets can download or use web based software needed for their medical office. This enables medical staff to do precertifications, referrals, check claim and payment information and of course electronic medical record applications or EMR, in that now a patients chart is electronic and accessible via computer. So when you go to purchase a computer you look for one that will allow you to do the basic office functions as in buying an everyday computer. Computer companies usually sell computers based on business, pleasure or personal. Just like car insurance. They used to sell health insurance that way. Things got pricey. Anyways, computer companies generally have categorized computer sales and interests in basically these categories. So it was no wonder that a computer was never developed to access web based or even downloadable software for echocardiograms or ultrasounds. These types of software usually need faster processors ect. in order to be able to do these types of tests. Another PC or laptop category that should be considered is medical. Just like different types of transportation. Why aren't more companies developing web based software for echocardiograms,even if the software is made to be downloadable? Requirements change and then that color flow doppler that was once the rave now becomes a panoramic view measurement for stenosis patients or else your office will be at risk for losing accreditation, then you will need to have the equipment necessary to afford such a requirement. Or you can say "No mas" and send them all to the hospital and let them worry about it because hospitals are always getting state of the art equipment and renovation upgrades. Small medical offices have to consider these things, since budgets don't always apply to rental cars. Transducers or ultrasound probes need to be usb so that they can be used on a PC or laptop ect.. Medical offices need computers that can handle echocardiogram and or ultrasound software. In doing so the software is less expensive and since the transducers or probes are universal usb, they will also become less expensive and this will help a small medical office with expenses as a result. The worry about outdated equipment and ever changing requirements that affect medical office testing or procedures will be considered-obsolete.
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