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5 Reasons IO&Ts Choose CME

By CME Corp Staff | February 6, 2018

Initial Outfitting and Transition (IO&T) is a turn-key solution implemented by the federal government that refers to the entire process of setting up military medical facilities. Prior to the IO&T process projects were hampered by delays, crucial details would be missed, and facilities would face opening with an unprepared staff. However, using the IO&T system efficiently consolidates projects under a single contractor who is familiar with the nuances that come with government work and military facilities.

The IO&T process is complex, and outfitting and opening a newly constructed or redesigned facility can include a variety of responsibilities from purchasing and procurement to staffing and opening of a healthcare facility. As a comprehensive healthcare equipment and turn-key logistics company, CME is uniquely positioned to provide IO&T ventures the services needed to effectively outfit and open a fully-functioning healthcare facility. Here are five areas where CME can assist IO&T projects reach successful outcomes.

1. Expansions, Relocations and Planning for the Future

CME excels at handling large-scale projects, with experience in new construction as well as relocations and upgrades to existing facilities. With years of experience navigating complex environments our highly-trained teams offer comprehensive logistics and biomedical services that allow us to partner with IO&Ts from initiation to completion.

With CME’s comprehensive suite of services, we provide personalized support and service throughout the lifecycle of a project that allows the IO&T project managers access to CME’s expansive product selection and operational expertise and flexibility.

2. Supply Planning and Procurement 

With more than 2,000 manufacturers and over 2 million products to choose from, CME’s product roster allows for one-stop shopping and consolidated purchase orders. CME’s sizable inventory includes medical, laboratory, physical therapy, and rehabilitation products as well as appliances, office equipment, IT accessories and peripherals, furniture and contractor furnished and installed items.  

CME’s experts are trained to aid at any point during the supply planning and procurement process including researching difficult-to-find items, suggesting alternative products, providing spec-sheets and more for our complete range of products.young architect group in big bright modern new apartment looking blueprints and building plans.jpeg

3. Product Assessments and Verification 

CME’s certified biomedical technicians are well-versed in equipment validation, product assessment, verification and valuation including inventorying and assessing existing equipment, testing new equipment and providing and maintaining detailed reports of the assessment and verification product.

As IO&T administrators are faced with identifying qualified equipment and organizing complex system relocations CME’s array of biomedical services can simplify the process ensuring that all equipment meets the strict life expectancy, warranty timelines and maintenance requirements mandated by the federal government. 

4. Equipment Logistics and Maintenance Services 

Direct supply deliveries and equipment maintenance agreements are just some of the IO&T responsibilities that CME’s suite of services can streamline. The direct-to-site service allows for total control over product deliveries as well as short- and long-term warehousing. CME also provides assembly, staging and installation support.

CME’s experts guide every step of this process, from consolidating vendors to product tracking and beyond. All of CME’s services are customizable and comprehensive, including direct-to-site deliveries, start-up biomedical, and ongoing preventative maintenance. From procurement to repair, CME provides cradle-to-grave support for your healthcare equipment needs.

5. Help Coordinate New Equipment Training 

In addition to CME’s procurement, logistics and delivery services, we can also help to coordinate new equipment training. CME experts can provide insights into product selection based on the wants and needs of the user and coordinate live product demonstrations to ensure the staff for the IO&T can visualize their day-to-day business operations in their work environment.

With more than 2,000 manufacturing partners, CME’s established relationships make coordinating and planning demonstrations and new equipment trainings simple for end-users. Utilizing our existing industry connections ensures the facility is operational on day one, stocked with usable, verified equipment and a fully prepared staff.

CME’s comprehensive healthcare equipment and turn-key logistics skills make us an ideal partner for IO&T projects. Contact us for more information about facilitating your IO&T project and let us provide complete solutions that encompass product choices form leading medical equipment manufacturers, direct-to-site services and unmatched expertise. View our We Are CME video.

About CME: CME Corp is the nation’s premier source for healthcare equipment, turnkey logistics, and biomedical services, representing 2 million+ products from more than 2,000 manufacturers.

With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.