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Methodology for cost analysis of film-based and filmless portable chest systems
Author(s): David L. Melson; Karen M. Gauvain; Brian M. Beardslee; Michael J. Kraitsik; Larry Burton; G. James Blaine; Gary S. Brink
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Paper Abstract

Many studies analyzing the costs of film-based and filmless radiology have focused on multi- modality, hospital-wide solutions. Yet due to the enormous cost of converting an entire large radiology department or hospital to a filmless environment all at once, institutions often choose to eliminate film one area at a time. Narrowing the focus of cost-analysis may be useful in making such decisions. This presentation will outline a methodology for analyzing the cost per exam of film-based and filmless solutions for providing portable chest exams to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The methodology, unlike most in the literature, is based on parallel data collection from existing filmless and film-based ICUs, and is currently being utilized at our institution. Direct costs, taken from the perspective of the hospital, for portable computed radiography chest exams in one filmless and two film-based ICUs are identified. The major cost components are labor, equipment, materials, and storage. Methods for gathering and analyzing each of the cost components are discussed, including FTE-based and time-based labor analysis, incorporation of equipment depreciation, lease, and maintenance costs, and estimation of materials costs. Extrapolation of data from three ICUs to model hypothetical, hospital-wide film-based and filmless ICU imaging systems is described. Performance of sensitivity analysis on the filmless model to assess the impact of anticipated reductions in specific labor, equipment, and archiving costs is detailed. A number of indirect costs, which are not explicitly included in the analysis, are identified and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2711, Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239273
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David L. Melson, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Karen M. Gauvain, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Brian M. Beardslee, Kodak Health Imaging Systems (United States)
Michael J. Kraitsik, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)
Larry Burton, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)
G. James Blaine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Gary S. Brink, BJC Health Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2711:
Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
R. Gilbert Jost; Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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