AXrEM is the UK trade association representing the interests of suppliers of diagnostic medical imaging, radiotherapy, healthcare IT and care equipment in the UK. Our group is comprised of most of the industry supply companies, complemented by the services of a secretariat. I am the current (2015/2016) Honorary Chair of the Association. For a full list of AXrEM members, click on the ‘member companies’ link in the margin.

The majority of diagnostic medical imaging and radiotherapy equipment installed in UK hospitals is supplied by AXrEM members. In doing so, our member companies and their employees work side by side with Consultant Radiologists, Radiographers and Practitioners, Oncologists and a wide range of healthcare professionals in delivering healthcare to patients using our technologies. Our members therefore have unique knowledge, experience and insight into the workflow and challenges faced by healthcare professionals on a day to day basis which enables us to develop and offer innovative solutions to improve the speed and quality of diagnostic procedures and treatments with our ultimate aim of improving patient care.

Although our members operate in a highly competitive commercial environment and in strict conformity with UK laws and regulations, certain issues require focus and resolution on an industry-wide basis.

Accordingly, the Association’s primary role is to help promote and develop the industry by providing a collective interface to address the regulatory and technical needs of the UK Healthcare market - public and private.

Examples of the services undertaken by AXrEM on behalf of its membership as a whole are:

                • consultation with the Department of Health and other government bodies
                   regarding regulatory and other issues

                • negotiation of standard contract conditions with the NHS

                • appointment of representatives to technical standards committees

                • appointment of representatives to professional bodies of the diagnostic,
                   radiotherapy and care sector, e.g. British Institute of Radiology, Royal College
                   of Radiographers, Society and College of Radiographers, etc.

                • appointment of representatives to the Radiology & Oncology Conference
                   Board who manage and organize leading Scientific and Technical Meetings
                   and Exhibitions (e.g. UK Radiology Conference (UKRC))

                • representation in the activities of COCIR, the European sector committee
                   for the industry

Formed originally as the Association of X-ray Equipment Manufacturers, as technology advances have increased the scope of diagnostic imaging and treatment modalities, the Association is now represented by the strap-line:

Association of Healthcare Technology Providers for Imaging, Radiotherapy and Care

For many years, AXrEM has enjoyed an enviable reputation as the respected and authoritative voice of its sector of the healthcare industry. The Association is proud to carry that heritage forward. Ongoing engagements include active membership in the Department of Health’s Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group (MMTSG).

AXrEM is particularly keen to encourage innovation and evaluation of new technologies to improve healthcare provision in the UK. The Association provides health economics data to the Department of Health which illustrates how investments in Advanced Imaging Technology can streamline the patient pathway and in doing so be cost effective for the National Health Service.

Should you wish to learn more about our activities, then, I would encourage you to contact either myself or Alan Birks by following the contacts link.

Kind Regards,

Mark Hitchman
Chairman of AXrEM

[Managing Director at Toshiba Medical Systems UK]