Acceptance of Asset Management Solutions in the Healthcare Industry

Author : Neil Rathore | Published On : 19 Jan 2022

Growing pressure to better manage their existing workforce has compelled healthcare organizations across the globe to adopt effective asset management solutions and technologies. Most healthcare organizations spend a large portion of their budget on tracking hospital equipment. For example, it was reported that ~USD 6 million worth of state-owned hospital equipment was found to be missing in Louisiana State University (LSU) hospitals; newly purchased equipment from the hospital were also not properly tracked. 

 

According to a recent survey conducted by the Nursing Times, more than one-third of nurses spend at least an hour locating equipment during an average hospital shift. This not only impacts budgets but also compromises the quality of patient care provided.

 

The technology has emerged to become a systematic part of supply chain management in international pharmaceutical production and distribution. Drug counterfeiting is a significant threat to healthcare systems across the globe. Over the years, the number of new cases of drug counterfeiting has grown significantly.

 

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The growth of the healthcare asset management market is driven by need for better asset management in hospitals, acceptance of asset management solutions in the pharmaceutical industry, and decline in prices of RFID Tags. 

 

The healthcare asset management market is segmented into radiofrequency identification (RFID) devices, real-time location systems (RTLS), and ultrasound & infrared tags. Of all these product segments, the RFID devices segment is expected to account for the largest share of the healthcare asset management market in 2018. RTLS on the other hand is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the higher precision and accuracy offered by RTLS for tracking and monitoring assets in healthcare facilities. 

 

Based on type, RFID hardware market is further segmented into tags, readers/interrogators, antennas, and accessories. RFID tags are expected to account for the largest share of the RFID hardware market in 2018. The large share can primarily be attributed to the increasing acceptance of RFID in pharmaceutical companies, declining prices of RFID tags, and the availability of technologically advanced products in the market. 

 

The growing need for effective asset management in hospitals, expanding application areas of asset management solutions and the availability of technologically advanced products are some of the major factors driving the growth of this segment. 

 

Hospital Asset Management Market is further segmented into equipment tracking and management, patient management, temperature and humidity control, staff management, and Infection Control and hand hygiene compliance. In 2018, the equipment tracking and management is expected to account for the largest share of the hospital asset management market owing to the need for better asset management in hospitals.