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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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