Healthcare facilities often outsource their equipment support services to ensure medical equipment is always up and running. However, with health care costs being continually cut and medical funding reduced, many healthcare facilities have now been forced to look for ways to pay for operational costs more wisely. This is done by improving the equipment maintenance and repair processes, thus ensuring the long-term reliability of the repaired equipment.
medical equipment can have a significant impact on a healthcare
facility’s bottom line. This in part is due to the increased
sophistication and specialization of equipment such as the refurbished linear accelerators, otherwise known as LINAC,
as well as the integration with electronic networks, and the
ever-increasing requirements for compliance, safety, reliability and
Having an in-house by clinical engineer already on staff
to work on simple adjustments and minor repairs can be more costly than
paying an outside vendor. Although it does empower clinical engineers
to conduct as many repairs in-house as possible and provides a great
opportunity for healthcare facilities to prevent downtime when waiting
for an outside technician to get to the hospital.
On the other
hand, outsourcing can eliminate the need to hire in-house resources.
Therefore labor costs and operational costs can be minimized to a great
extent. Instead of hiring an in-house engineer, a medical facility can
hire a vendor only on a need be basis. The hired vendor will handle all
resourcing needs by tapping into their pool of highly skilled, trained
and certified technicians and depending on the facility’s size and
levels of technology, outsourcing is beneficial because it will
eliminate additional costs such as having a customer service call center
and a technical helpdesk. This will not only improve operations but
investing in an outsourced program will decrease the costs of managing
clinical assets by using a strategic approach to servicing medical equipment.
are many new independent firms with clinical engineering expertise and
comprehensive medical equipment maintenance of the modern, sophisticated
and high-end medical equipment that healthcare organizations can
benefit from. The probability is that an in-house engineer would cost a
hospital just as much as a hired vendor. Why not capitalize on the
quality resources and support of such specialists, because medical
devices continue to grow in sophistication with every passing day and
the need for highly skilled service technicians will drastically
increase in the near future.
Hiring a skilled outside vendor will
ensure that you have one at your beck-and-call at all times. Nowadays,
outside vendors offer remote service options to medical facilities,
where the inside technician/ engineer lacks the scope of training needed
to successfully implement a modern day equipment maintenance or is
unable to do a sufficient job to a certain degree.
In addition to
that, outsourced clinical engineering programs have the ability to track
equipment inventory in real-time such as the equipment’s age and
condition, its failure rate, and preventative maintenance scheduling.
This is just a few more reasons to outsource medical equipment maintenance.
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