There are many risks associated with the equipment we purchase on a day to day basis 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 systems would rather invest in safe, durable and quality equipment. The life of the equipment should exceed its depreciation rate to be sure of any return on the investment. This article discusses several factors to be considered when buying healthcare equipment.
Only consider purchasing equipment directly from the manufacturer. Original equipment manufacturers have direct access to parts, system upgrades, training and services for the equipment. Such manufacturers may also have remanufactured equipment that is economical and an alternative to the new equipment. Manufacturers ensure the equipment work efficiently, and it meets its specifications by testing it. In case the equipment breaks down, you are guaranteed of repairs that can be accessed easily since you have an idea of who the manufacturer is.
It is also necessary to ensure that the equipment accessories and other components match. There are cases where listed specifications and pricing of the equipment do not match. Offerings and pricing may differ from one company to another. 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. The help you get after the sale greatly influences your buying satisfaction. Written warranties and warranty forms should be signed in case the seller provides them. Request for proper documentation of the manufacturing company to get some background information on the company. If the equipment comes with a warrant, it shows the trustworthiness and reliability of the manufacturer.
When making major purchases for a hospital, healthcare administrators should not spare a single dollar to buy capital equipment. 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. It is also possible to either purchase remanufactured or refurbished equipment. Spending a bit more on cash should not be a fear as the equipment you are willing to buy can provide the needed services for a longer time.