Guidelines to Consider When Buying Healthcare Equipment
Many risks are associated with the equipment we purchase daily including expiring warranties, changing models and companies going out of business. The same risks are also faced with purchasing environments of the healthcare supply chain. Many health systems do not risk their risk their productivity and investments and have first to ensure they have a sense of security. Healthcare facilities only invest in durable, safe and quality equipment. The kind of return on investment is determined by the life and depreciation rate of the equipment. This article discusses several factors to be considered when buying healthcare equipment.
Always consider buying equipment directly from the manufacturer. The only people with direct access to system upgrades, training and services for the equipment are original equipment manufacturers. Remanufactured equipment processed by these manufacturers may be economical and an alternative to new equipment. Manufacturers ensure the equipment work efficiently, and it meets its specifications by testing it. Knowing the manufacturer of the equipment helps you to access repairs faster.
It is also necessary to ensure that the equipment accessories and other components match. Sometimes the pricing and listed specifications of the equipment do not concur with each other. 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.
A guarantee should always accompany a newly bought 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. Be sure to get a written warranty and fill any warranty forms that the seller provides. Background information on the manufacturing company helps to know the type of company you are doing business with. The manufacturer’s worthiness and reliability are determined by the presence of a warrant.
Healthcare administrators should spend the money they have to buy capital equipment that could serve them for longer. Spending more for high quality equipment is considered wise buying as this would result in better returns on investment. It is necessary to conduct thorough research on all the factors that have to be put into account when purchasing medical equipment. It is also possible to either purchase remanufactured or refurbished equipment. Buying an equipment that will serve you for longer can only be achieved if you are willing to stretch on cash.