SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Glassbeam, Inc., the premier machine data analytics company for the healthcare industry, today launched the Glassbeam Technical User Group (GTUG), tapping into an active user community of highly trained biomedical engineers across several large organizations using Glassbeam solutions. This visionary group of Solutioneers will help create an industry wide knowledge base and best practices on why medical machines fail with the aid of detection algorithms and early warning patterns embedded in machine log data. The group's mission is to help healthcare organizations improve patient care by ensuring minimal disruption in operational workflows due to unplanned downtimes of big iron machines such as MRI, CT Scanners and Cath labs.
The user group will be co-chaired by Andrew Kenney, Services Director, Brown's Medical Imaging (BMI) and Vivek Sundaram, Senior Director, Technical Operations, Glassbeam. It will grow to comprise a larger and selective team of advanced specialists from leading healthcare providers including UCSF Health, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), NIR, BMI, RENOVO Solutions, and Agiliti Health. The group will focus on promoting knowledge sharing and will consolidate the diverse and extensive individual experiences to advance the usage and adoption of best practices.
This group is being formed at the time when Healthcare Provider organizations are facing significant disruption in patient care as critical equipment like MRI and CT Scanners encounter unplanned downtime on an average 30-40 hours per year resulting in loss of productivity and revenues in millions of dollars each year. Machine underutilization is another factor troubling the healthcare industry. With an average utilization of equipment at 42% (study conducted by GE), equipment efficiency and performance are impacting top-line revenues and operating margins year-on-year.
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"Industry trends indicate a demand for change in the status quo where tribal knowledge is scattered and expertise is sitting in silos among a large community of biomedical engineering experts," said Andrew Kenney, Services Director at Brown's Medical Imaging. "Glassbeam Technical User Group (GTUG) brings together a much-needed community of these experts from top healthcare organizations under one forum to help propagate the tremendous business value from analytics platforms like Glassbeam. I am excited to be leading this initiative and help steer the industry to define new standards for maximizing machine uptime and utilization in every facility across the country."