If you are in charge of ordering medical equipment for a hospital or healthcare facility, you understand the challenges. You’ve searched for easier ways to manage the process, but everything seems to fall short. So what do you really need for ease of mind when it comes to dealing with medical equipment ordering?
We’ve compiled a list of factors you should look for to make the lives of hospital purchasing agents and department managers less stressful.
The Purchasing Phase
Whether you need to purchase medical equipment for new construction, a remodel, or a facility expansion, having someone handle every aspect of the buying process is crucial to you and your staff’s peace of mind. The ideal equipment specialist company offers the following services to make your job easier:
Combines all purchase orders from different manufacturers - Gives you one point of contact
Takes possession of all items for storage until you’re ready for delivery - Keeps you from scrambling to find a place to store bulky equipment and managing multiple unscheduled deliveries
Inspects all equipment for damage - Reduces the stress of worrying about shipping damages
When it comes to managing the equipment needs of your facility, ordering is half the battle. Working with a company who can consolidate all your orders and provide you a one-stop shop is the best way to enhance the purchasing process.
The Delivery Phase
You already know the importance of perfectly timed deliveries. You need a company that will work their deliveries around your workflow schedule and bring equipment when it won’t interfere with patient care. This is especially crucial if you’re having equipment delivered to a building that lacks loading docks.
Additionally, your equipment delivery specialists should group items together that will go to the same areas of your facility in order to make the delivery process more efficient. This makes it easier for the company to deliver each item directly to the area where it will be used, relieving you from the headache of moving equipment around once it’s been delivered.
The Setup Phase
Think that once your ordered equipment has been delivered, the rest is up to you? Think again. A good equipment specialist makes sure everything is setup correctly and ready to go, rather than simply dropping off the order. You need someone who sees the entire process through to its completion, and that includes proper setup. Look for a company who offers the following during the setup phase:
Direct-to-site delivery to area of use;
Assembly of items;
Testing for function;
Transition of ownership;
Removal of packing materials.
As an added bonus, find out if the company removes the older equipment that’s being replaced.
Do all these services sound too good to be true? Is it really possible to find one medical equipment specialist company that will handle every phase of medical equipment purchasing for you, from ordering to removal of old items?
With CME, it’s not only possible, but also expected. As a medical equipment distribution company with over 30 years of experience, we know the stress of managing medical equipment orders. We strive to take that stress off you and your staff, so that you can have ease of mind throughout the entire process. To learn more about what sets us apart from the rest, reach out to us today.
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.