The constant pressure on hospital leaders of pcd pharma India to improve the quality of medical devices and remain up to date with the technological advancements of medical equipment, while trying to reduce cost, has led the healthcare facilities across the country to better take care of their medical devices. Let’s get to know how hospital leaders of pharma companies maintain their medical devices and how they find their cost savings strategy. Let’s get started.
Previously, hospital facilities used their in-house biomedical departments only to provide medical equipment management, corrective maintenance, and preventive maintenance on a majority of general biomedical devices. While, at the same time, they have utilized OEM service contracts for the higher-end technology equipment, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Cardiac Catheterization labs, and Lasers.
Hence, it’s essential to use any one of the mentioned programs to provide the facility with some cost savings. But, it’s also important to search for the strategy that will use a combination of service methods that best fits each of the facility’s needs and the accessible biomedical resources will offer greater savings and maintain the equipment reliability and uptime.
Current and future level of biomedical support is needed to perform equipment assessment and analyze equipment service history that will help in finding the service methods and type of service contracts required to support the operations of the facility.
Full-service Contracts (OEM or Third Party)
This contract type covers all parts, labors well as preventive maintenance. The first and foremost step is to analyze the following to understand your facility’s equipment service needs:
- How many hours of operation of equipment is needed to support patient care?
- Is backup equipment accessible during the main equipment downtime to support operations?
- What is the age and service history of the equipment? This, in return, will help determine the average time between failures or parts failure.
Opportunities for savings:
- Combine the same OEM equipment, such as MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, etc., into one contract.
- Reduce the amount of ultrasound transducers, glass (X-Ray tube), etc., coverage and spread the risk over a bigger number of units.
In-house Clinical Engineering
The following cost-saving strategies are based on an assessment of staff availability, equipment history, competency, and the level of risk the companies of pcd pharma in India are willing to assume as part of an in-house support program:
- Find out the availability as well as the competency level of the staff members to attend third-party training OEM in order to determine the clinical engineering support level needed for each piece of equipment.
- Complete a cost/benefit analysis for service training, parts, any additional FTE(s), and any necessary additional test equipment against the cost of a full-service contract.
- Analyze the parts and labor expense history of each piece of the device currently covered under the contract to find out the parts and any outside labor budget.
- Look for replacement statistics’ trends for high-dollar parts, such as Image Intensifiers, Detectors for CT, X-ray tubes, Digital Mammography, and Digital Radiology.
After choosing the correct method(s) of equipment support, significant service cost savings can be realized by the facility. Kindly remember that not all facilities have adequate Health System support or Clinical Engineering (Biomed) to help reduce costs. Instead, they can take benefit of negotiating the proper contract based on their own needs.