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Performing an audit to improve efficiency and savings

Medical equipment maintenance

03.04.15 by Valerie Laktash CHFM

Performing an audit to improve efficiency and savings

PHOTO BY VALERIE LAKTASH
While most imaging equipment work is outsourced due to its specialization and sophistication, it is still the biomedical engineer’s responsibility to ensure that the work is performed in a timely manner by a qualified contractor.

The management of medical devices has taken on a new level of complexity in recent years, due in part to the increased sophistication and specialization of equipment, integration with electronic networks, dependence on outsourcing for specialized maintenance and repair, and ever-increasing requirements for compliance, safety, reliability and accuracy.

All of these issues need to be addressed while maintaining an equipment inventory capable of providing the right equipment at the right time for the right application.

By using medical equipment historical data and conducting an equipment audit, health facilities professionals can analyze the techniques they are using in their management programs as well as improve efficiency and compliance while decreasing costs.

Baselines and methodologies

Before starting, it is important for health facilities professionals to establish a baseline. Because facilities are different sizes and utilize different levels of technology, dollars spent is not an accurate comparison. Rather, professionals should calculate their biomedical equipment program’s cost of service (COS) ratio.

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