In terms of the long-term cost impact surrounding medical equipment procurement, hospitals are encouraged to refine their procurement evaluation methodologies and develop more comprehensive techniques directed at capital equipment replacement planning based on needs assessments.
Clinical Engineering programs with higher efficiency and lower cost will constantly:
- Assess current department employees' competency levels.
- Evaluate equipment service agreements for pricing and coverage.
- Deploy under-utilized medical equipment to improve revenue.
- Plan equipment replacement and monitor equipment performance.
- Prepare for TJC/DNV and improve performance with an appropriate benchmark.
Now the question is:
- Do you have a technology management process to introduce new medical technology to your organization?
- Do you have a technology-specific plan to guide you thru the acquisition process?
- Do you have a process that promotes an efficient, effective, 3 and equitable approach to technology acquisition and decision-making
- Do you have a process for medical equipment purchases and 4 maintenance negotiations that may result in substantial cost savings every year?
- Is your clinical engineering department involved in medical equipment purchases and maintenance negotiations?
In the end, there is more to manage than just fixing medical equipment:
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