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Acute vs. Non-Acute Markets: Is There a Difference When Purchasing Capital Equipment?

By CME on Apr 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When buying products for a non-acute vs. an acute care facility you are, no doubt, well aware that the cost to acquire and implement capital equipment goes far beyond the purchase price.  Although there may be little or no difference in the product pricing per se, there may be a substantial difference in the delivery costs involved.  Non-acute sites can often access the same products and pricing through a GPO contract due to their affiliation with an acute-care (in-patient) facility.  However, even though the product purchasing and pricing may be the same, the delivery and installation costs may be quite a different matter.

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Getting the Most From Your GPO Contract: The Value of Distributor Contracts

By CME on Feb 23, 2015 7:57:57 AM

Working with a GPO allows hospitals to benefit from the buying power of combining hundreds of healthcare facilities.  This is a well-known fact among buyers and purchasing managers as it relates to purchasing products from manufacturers.  However, knowledge of the role that a medical distributor can play in the procurement and delivery services provided through a GPO is far less common.  A medical distributor can save you time and money by providing value added services focused on ordering efficiency and streamlining the delivery process.

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The Advantages of Using a Medical Equipment Specific Distributor

By CME on Dec 23, 2014 6:11:00 AM

Lowering costs is on every healthcare facility`s agenda.  However, finding ways to reduce costs without having an impact on patient care is always a challenge.  A dedicated medical equipment distributor can provide you with a number of services that will streamline your ordering process, reduce staff required to procure equipment and help you maintain control over your deliveries and costs.  Here are five of the many advantages from using a medical equipment specific distributor for your capital equipment delivery:

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5 Characteristics of Capital Equipment

By CME on Dec 11, 2014 11:17:29 AM

Capital equipment can be thought of as costly equipment that can help generate income.  What is most important is that the equipment in question be able to help the hospital with the delivery of quality patient care over an extended period of time.

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The People Who Should be Involved in Purchasing Capital Equipment

By CME on Dec 8, 2014 11:41:51 AM

A basic definition of capital equipment is, “an asset whose acquisition cost exceeds a certain amount.”  This “set amount” will depend on the company and the term can be adjusted to capture the needs of the buyer.  To qualify as capital equipment, the asset must have a lifespan of more than one year and will be expected to play a key role in production or any other area of business.

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Healthcare Logistics and Supply Chain Management: How They Go Hand-in-Hand

By CME on Sep 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Supply chain management and healthcare logistics can, and must, work hand in hand to keep hospitals and clinics running at optimum performance.  This is even more true when outfitting a new construction or expansion project.  Working with a dedicated capital equipment distributor can streamline the logistics process allowing supply chain management to maintain control over how deliveries, supplies and equipment flow into your facility.

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Hospital Space Planners: Planning Hospitals of the Future

By CME on Aug 22, 2014 11:53:29 AM

The hospital of the future will be significantly different from the hospitals we see today.  According to some reports, not a single administrator, doctor, or patient can clearly tell what these hospitals will look like.  According to Gary M. Burk, Principal at Terrie L Kurrasch Senior Associate Ratliff, the future hospital won’t be a healthcare facility.  Due in part to technological innovations and the general delivery system, amalgamation, consolidation, and the ever-evolving regulatory environment, future hospitals won’t be as richly utilized, nor will they be as resource intensive as the hospitals of today.

Four key features of future hospitals

  1. Efficiency - of operations, optimal functional relationships, clinical safety, value for money, low upkeep requirements, and modern systems.
  2. Sustainability – of design, reduced consumption of energy, and intensive 24-hour usage characterized by high occupancy rates.
  3. Flexibility – for expansion and acquisition of new technology.
  4. Patient centered care - where the family is considered part of the care process.
  5. Healing environment - created from hospitality and art alongside science and technology.
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Capital Equipment Purchasing: How to Save Time and Money

By CME on Aug 20, 2014 8:22:56 AM

When making a large capital equipment purchase for a new construction, major remodeling or expansion, you are under the gun to save money.  A big part of saving money is finding ways to save time.  Capital equipment procurement can be made easy by using the skills and experience of someone who does it all the time.  Here at CME we have those skills and experience.  Here is how we save you time and money:

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7 Key Considerations When Assembling Hospital Wire Shelving Systems

By CME on Jun 10, 2014 9:08:00 AM

When you are preparing to undergo a major, or even minor, capital equipment installation/setup such as wire shelving, it might be tempting to take the DIY (Do It Yourself) approach to save money. However, DIY is often not always the fastest or the safest solution. Time is money and you have to ask yourself how long it will take to put everything together.  Here are the considerations involved when undergoing a capital equipment installation/setup on your own.

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