Planning for medical equipment purchases can be a bit of a process. There are many medical equipment companies offering a variety of products to suit the needs of complex healthcare environments. As you consider the various options, you may also want to question whether refurbished medical equipment could deliver the technology you need with a cost savings that presents the best value.
Savings can be great on refurbished medical equipment such as operating tables and large diagnostic equipment as compared to the price tag on new medical equipment. You may be surprised to find that many late models are available as refurbished medical equipment and that the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) would be glad to service them.
When searching for the best refurbished equipment vendor, have these tips handy:
1. Ask whether they offer a warranty
2. Ask about their process for testing and certifying the equipment
3. Request user manuals with your purchase
4. Inquire about their return policy
5. See if they will offer Fair Market Value for your trade-in
6. Consider renting the equipment before committing to the purchase
Once you have found a reliable, well-established refurbished medical equipment vendor, work with them to select the most appropriate product. There's no sense paying for extra features you don't need and will likely never use. There are a few instances where refurbished medical equipment may not cost all that much less than new healthcare equipment, for example: there is not much cost difference between new and refurbished for products without a technology component, such as stainless steel items or overbed tables.
Refurbished medical equipment can be a great option in many cases; these vendors have been in business for years because satisfied customers have kept coming back. In fact, growth is projected for this market for the next two or more years.
Enlisting an equipment planner for the success of your construction project can make all the difference. In recent experience, one of our clients realized that difference to the tune of over $130,000 in savings! This was the result of a significant reduction in the total of a quote for patient monitoring.
Hospital Administration and the department director worked with a vendor to obtain a quote on monitors for their new Infusion Clinic, a quote that came in shockingly higher than our client normally sees for this level of care.
We conducted a series of discussions: with our client about their standards of care, with the hospital about their projected needs for the department, and with the vendor about their product options. From these talks we developed a solution that met the unique needs of the department's patient population while still adhering to corporate goals and standards.
The initial quote was developed with some misunderstanding about the level of technology needed, and the final quote offered compromise with the majority of monitors configured to standard and a few with additional parameters for enhanced patient care.
These changes dropped the quote by $130,000 and brought the monitors back within budget!
About Partners' Construction Equipment Planning Services
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This Friday afternoon, Partners Healthcare Group enjoyed a belated holiday party at The Escape Game Nashville. If you haven't been, it's an adventure you don't want to miss. Here's a glimpse into our experience:
Stress levels were soaring, pulses were racing, and the clock was ticking. With each passing minute, away went our hopes of making it out in time. It was going to take all of us to break free, and we knew it. We had to team up, focus hard, and give it our all. The room was abuzz with chatter and voices shouting out numbers and words - a cacophany of attempted solutions to puzzles. Objects were being thrown about in a desperate attempt to beat the clock. Despite the chaos and confusion, our resolve did not falter. In the end, we watched as one shaking hand tried the doorknob. For a split second when the door opens we stood in disbelief before erupting into cheers and hollers and hi-fives. We did it. WE ESCAPED!
You may want to. It's projected that ED Observation Units could equal $3 billion in savings per year nationally. This is attributed to the efficiency gains and shorter stays created by ED Observation Units. Learn more at Modern Healthcare.