Consumer vs. medical-grade displays (4/4): How to save money

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Why a medical display
Clear and consistent images are crucial to making accurate diagnoses and identifying the best options for treatment, and so is having the right display to view them. New consumer displays promote specs that seem to approach those of some medical-grade systems, and often cost less. But there is more to consider than just these specs. So, why choose a medical display? In a series of four blog posts, we are diving deeper into the specific reasons for choosing a medical-grade display. The fourth reason: saving money!

Increased accuracy, higher productivity, maximum uptime and compliance… You probably think this will cost a lot. When it comes to comparing medical-grade with consumer displays, however, the old adage still rings true: “The lower-priced solution isn’t always the most cost-effective”. Here’s how investment in a medical display can help you save a ton of money in the long run.

By reducing equipment cost

Medical-grade displays can save hospitals a lot of equipment money. They are designed – and sometimes validated – to work with medical workstations and PACS applications, which is not the case for regular consumer displays. In the end, that can save you the time and costs of investing in additional equipment/software in order to be fully operational. Time is money!

Display consolidation and standardization can cut additional costs. An all-in-one multimodality display, for example, can replace a number of dedicated displays. In that case, the total cost of investment will be substantially smaller than one involving a mix of standalone screens.

By reducing operational costs

The cost of your display equipment doesn’t end with its purchase price. In order to get a complete picture, you need to consider the cost of servicing, support and infrastructure as well. Because of regional compliance differences, strict technical requirements and detailed reporting needs, managing a hospital’s entire display fleet is no easy feat.

“Apart from the superior quality, these displays are super-easy to use and are low on maintenance.”
Dr. Jyoti Arora, Senior Radiologist at the Medicity

Medical displays bring solace to healthcare professionals and IT personnel alike by automating most of these processes, freeing up time and resources in your IT department. That’s exactly why the total cost of ownership (TCO) of medical-grade displays is often a lot lower than that of consumer solutions.

In a typical medium-sized facility with 20 diagnostic displays, for example, Barco’s Medical QAWeb quality solution could reduce the QA and service costs by more than 10 percent. Additional benefits are the fact that IT can focus on more pressing priorities and assistance with budget planning, procurement and budgeting.

Through increased longevity

Though consumer displays may look like all you need at first sight, their significant disadvantages add up in the long run. Medical-grade displays are the only displays that ensure high brightness over their entire lifetime and guarantee consistent compliance with medical standards. That’s also why they come with a longer warranty period (typically 3 to 5 years). In addition, advanced quality assurance and intelligent maintenance data help prolong the longevity of your products.

This post concludes our series on consumer vs. medical-grade displays. But there’s a lot more to discuss! Want to learn more about the advantages of medical grade displays for your hospital? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or a quote.

About the author

Lynda Domogalla
Lynda Domogalla is Vice President of Product Marketing at Barco. She holds a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon. With over two decades of marketing and management experience, she is heavily involved in the go-to-market strategy for new products and in driving sales and partner enablement for Barco’s extensive healthcare portfolio

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