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As technology advances, it becomes more tightly integrated into patient care, increasing the pressure to keep up with such new devices. Such advancements necessitate an increase in medical assets, as well as additional requirements for user training, service, maintenance, and reporting, all while ensuring high-quality patient care.
Fremont, CA: The healthcare industry is being inundated with new medical equipment. It is critical to maintaining equipment efficiency in order to provide quality care while reducing costs.
To better serve patients, the healthcare industry, clinics, whether labs, or hospitals, employs a wide range of specialized equipment, devices, and medications. If one does not maintain and track this equipment, one's staff will spend a lot of time looking for it instead of focusing on patient care. This entails putting one's patient's life in jeopardy simply because the medical equipment cannot be traced at the point of need. When hospitals are constantly dealing with increased patient demands, understaffing, and increasing prices, effective equipment management is critical.
Equipment management issues and importance of equipment efficiency
The Increase in the Number of Medical Equipment
As technology advances, it becomes more tightly integrated into patient care, increasing the pressure to keep up with such new devices.
Such advancements necessitate an increase in medical assets, as well as additional requirements for user training, service, maintenance, and reporting, all while ensuring high-quality patient care. All of these factors have a negative impact on a healthcare facility's budget.
According to a recent report, hospitals in the United States have a medical equipment utilization rate of between 32 percent and 38 percent. This is due to excessive spending and poor equipment management. Simply reducing the number of medical assets will not solve the underutilization problem; healthcare facility managers should also look to optimize their operation's workflow.
Enhancing Overall Workflow
Any lapse in duties or action by the healthcare system can have serious ramifications. For instance, if one spends too much time looking for the necessary equipment or if the lifesaving equipment fails to function properly, the patient may become ill or even die.
Medical equipment and devices must be regularly maintained to make sure proper operation and to be ready to use at a moment's notice. Manufacturers recommend that trained technicians perform preventative maintenance on medical equipment, which can double the life of your equipment and reduce breakdowns. A digital platform can manage the maintenance history record-keeping.