Nearly every healthcare provider will need to order new capital medical equipment at least once, if not multiple times during any given fiscal year. However, with rapidly changing healthcare policies and ever-increasing budget cuts, getting the best equipment and supplies at a great price is getting harder than ever. Especially, if you do not address the following five hidden costs associated with ordering capital medical equipment:
During the ordering process, there are times where an ordered product is backordered or no longer available, meaning that the department manager or director in charge of ordering must return to the beginning of the process and begin researching for an acceptable substitute. This process can be repeated multiple times and has an immense time and therefore financial, cost.
If you're in the process of starting a new healthcare construction project or undergoing a major remodel of your current facility, then you'll likely need to purchase and receive new capital medical equipment. And if you're looking to make this process as efficient as possible, you may wish to consider Direct-to-Site delivery services.
In the current healthcare environment most hospital systems and IDN’s have one or more of the following goals: improved quality of care; outstanding patient satisfaction; growing capacity to provide more integrated healthcare; and cutting costs. Based on the numbers, healthcare facility development or expansion is likely in your future. Forward thinking and planning leads to positive action, and that’s how your expansion project will be developed. However, unlike other businesses, healthcare facilities have stringent laws and guidelines, checks and balances in every department. So, how do you guarantee your patient-centered project will be a successful venture?
Purchasing medical equipment is an entirely different animal when doing so for off-site locations, such as maternity clinics, freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, or imaging centers. When buying for facilities outside of the main hospital, there are several third-party individuals involved in whom you must place your trust. That said, having too many hands in the pot often leads to mistakes due to miscommunication, among other things. To help you combat these errors, we’ve come up with four tips to keep in mind when purchasing capital medical equipment for off-site locations.