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The Advantages of Using a Medical Equipment-Specific Distributor

By Cindy Juhas | December 23, 2014

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:

Reducing Vendors

When working with multiple vendors it is very challenging to have a streamlined process.  With multiple vendors, you may be working with an unmanageable amount of PO’s often requested by several different representatives and departments.  

You may also have a hectic schedule of deliveries that require monitoring as well as having someone available from each department to check deliveries for accuracy and damages.  Major equipment purchases may require assembly and installation and, in the case of new technology, training for staff may also be required.

Your overall facility staffing demands may be increased, to cut PO’s, assess deliveries and ensure items ordered are received properly, which costs more money.  As well, you may also be paying direct to vendor prices, which tend to be higher, especially if you are buying smaller quantities.

Capital equipment delivery through a medical equipment specific distributor requires one point of contact from your facility and one point of contact from the distributor as well as one bill and one single delivery which means:

  • Less staff time wasted
  • Less paper work
  • Less traffic in the receiving department
  • Less billing
  • Lower costs overall per delivery
  • Better efficiency

Streamlined Process

Working with a dedicated medical equipment distributor for your capital equipment delivery will result in a streamlining of your entire ordering, delivery and set-up process.  You will have a single stream of PO’s, a reduced number of persons to stay in contact with, reduced scheduling of deliveries, less storage and warehousing requirements, less interference with workflow, enhanced equipment installation and training, and efficient cleanup and removal of packing materials.

Efficient Warehousing, Inspection and Delivery

Using CME as your medical equipment specific distributor will lead to a more efficient delivery process.  We will receive, store, and inspect your equipment for undisclosed damage.  As a single point of delivery, we will decrease the number of deliveries arriving at your facility with pre-scheduled deliveries arriving at your convenience. 

Pricing Reductions

You will benefit from the buying power of your medical equipment distribution company as they deal with multiple vendors and buy in larger quantities on behalf of many healthcare facilities.  As a single facility, your prices may be higher as you are buying in lower volume.  In addition, CME has agreements with many group purchasing organizations and those savings are passed on to you.

No Additional Fees

Depending on your current setup, you might have additional fees associated with your capital equipment deliveries such as storage fees, shipping and handling fees and of course the cost of your staff.  You will see a reduction in all of these costs due to a reduced amount of deliveries, less staff required to manage orders and a reduction in human error.

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 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.

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