Deciding to buy surgical and medical equipment can be a big decision for any hospital or doctor’s office. There are a few things to consider when making your decision.
Decide on In-House Service Models or OEM Service Contracts
Service contracts can be an overlooked expense or savings opportunity when purchasing equipment. The original equipment manufacturer may convince you that you need the extended service contact for maintenance and repair. However, it may be in your best interest to invest in in-house technicians who are trained and qualified to perform the same duties on your equipment. This can reduce downtime and help make sure your patients get the service they need.
Use Extended Warranties to Manage Equipment
You are already going to be looking at the cost differences between in-house technicians and OEM service contracts, but while you are looking at equipment, use this time to explore extended warranty opportunities. Some warranty options will include service updates and also training, and this is all built into the purchase contract. By including your hospital staff for training, this allows the decision makers to be in control. Regardless of an extended warranty, make sure you get a warranty in writing and fill out any warranty cards from the seller.
Know the Difference between Remanufactured and Refurbished
If you are looking at preowned equipment, there is an important distinction between these two options. Remanufacturing is a more expensive process because it is more rigorous and it works toward a higher standard. If the company didn’t meet the standards for remanufactured equipment, then it is considered refurbished equipment.
Compare Apples to Apples
When looking at new equipment and doing comparisons, it’s important to remember that you need to compare apples to apples. You can’t just look at price. Instead, you need to know that when you are comparing two pieces that have model numbers, accessories, and software that match to truly make an informed decision.
Standardizing medical equipment can help reduce the cost for everyone involved. Using one brand of equipment across the whole organization can help ensure that everyone knows how to use the equipment. When parts are needed, it can be easier to track them down.
Don’t Necessarily Spend on Equipment Extras
Many people like the newest technological advances, but many times a hospital will overspend on a type of equipment with the latest bells and whistles, only to find out they don’t have a need for those features. Make sure your equipment has the functions and features to do the job you need it to, and don’t purchase extra options you won’t use. Be careful about purchasing based on emotion and do your homework so you know what equipment will help you achieve your goals.