The equipment we purchase on a day to day basis are clouded with many threats such as changing models, expiring warranties and companies going out of business. Similar risks are also present in 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. Here are a few factors to be taken into account before buying medical equipment.
Always consider buying equipment directly from the manufacturer. Original equipment manufacturers have direct access to parts, system upgrades, training and services for the equipment. Economical and alternatives to the new equipment include remanufactured equipment that manufacturers may have. 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. There are times where the pricing and listed specifications of the equipment do not match. Such a situation is possible if the pricing and offerings are different with different companies. Quotes that explain all the details of the equipment could help to make informed decisions. The benefits of buying original equipment involve assurance, long-term reliability and useful life.
Buying equipment should be accompanied by a warranty. Regardless of the high quality of the equipment, it is possible it could experience problems within the first few days after purchase. Your buying satisfaction is largely determined by the help you get 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. 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. 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. Either remanufactured or refurbished equipment can be purchased instead of new equipment. Do not be afraid to stretch on cash and be assured that the equipment purchased will provide the services needed for a long time.