Technology and equipment needs assessment can help hospitals sort out the importance of their capital requests by providing vital information about both existing equipment and new technology that has been requested. Integrating technology and needs assessment into the capital budgeting process is the best way for hospitals to determine what and where equipment is purchased each year.
To reduce maintenance, repair, and capital costs associated with the wide range of medical equipment, some healthcare organizations are turning to experienced medical equipment management consultants.
Consulting companies can help reduce costs by providing a high level of technical expertise many facilities lacks, reducing response time when equipment service is needed, and developing effective preventive maintenance programs.
Equipment maintenance costs in healthcare organizations are the second highest, especially in radiology departments. Clinical engineering managers are beginning to understand that some of their organizations’ equipment may be under long-term service contracts that are hard to break, and that can prevent an organization from saving money.
Clinical engineering managers should consider their organizations’ long-term maintenance goals before signing such service contracts.
Also, service contract management can significantly impact the life cycle cost and service equipment’s general performance. Negotiating service contracts from the client’s perspective can help ensure that the facility receives the best possible service and terms during the contract period.
Multiple services and support options are available to healthcare organizations to maintain their medical and imaging technology.
These options include:
- Complete In-house clinical engineering and medicalimaging services
- Combination of in-house services and contracted services
- Expanding the in-house clinical and medical imaging service departments to provide service to other healthcara organizations to achieve financial goals
- Outsoursing all maintenance, repair, adn tehcnical support services. To a third-party service provider
Independent service organizations (ISO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offer healthcare organizations a wider variety of service and support capabilities than ever before. However, some health systems have successfully developed their clinical engineering program or an independent service organization to care for their and other healthcare organizations’ service and support needs.