Factors to Consider When Purchasing Healthcare Equipment
Many risks are associated with the equipment we purchase daily including expiring warranties, changing models and companies going out of business. Similar risks are also present in purchasing environments of the healthcare supply chain. Most health systems ensure they have a sense of security to avoid risking their investments and productivity. Healthcare systems would rather invest in safe, durable and quality equipment. The life of the equipment should exceed its depreciation rate to be sure of any return on the investment. Factors to be taken into account when buying medical equipment are discussed here.
The manufacturer’s place is only where you should think of buying equipment. Only original equipment manufacturers can have access to training, system upgrades and spare parts of the equipment. Remanufactured equipment processed by these manufacturers may be economical and an alternative to new equipment. To make sure that the equipment has met its specifications and worked efficiently, manufacturers have to test it. In case the equipment breaks down, you are guaranteed of repairs that can be accessed easily since you have an idea of who the manufacturer is.
It is important to ensure that the equipment accessories and other components match. There are cases where listed specifications and pricing of the equipment do not match. Such a situation is possible if the pricing and offerings are different with different companies. To make an informed decision, ask for quotes that are well detailed. Although buying original equipment may seem expensive, it provides a longer useful life, assurance and long-term reliability.
Always make sure that a warranty comes with purchasing equipment. The equipment may be of such high quality but experiencing a problem within the first few days may be inevitable. Your purchase satisfaction is largely determined by the aid you are provided with after the sale. If the seller provides, any warranty forms make sure you sign them and obtain a written warranty. Background information on the manufacturing company helps to know the type of company you are doing business with. If the equipment comes with a warrant, it shows the trustworthiness and reliability of the manufacturer.
Major purchases for a healthcare facility should not be spared as they serve as capital investments and result in greater returns. Wise buying involves spending a bit more for better quality equipment which results in better returns on investment. Thorough research has to be conducted on all the aspects to be considered when a health facility decides to purchase an equipment. It is also possible to either purchase remanufactured or refurbished equipment. Spending a bit more on cash should not be a fear as the equipment you are willing to buy can provide the needed services for a longer time.