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. The purchasing environment of the healthcare supply chain also suffers the same risks. 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 like to invest in quality, safe and durable equipment. The kind of return on investment is determined by the life and depreciation rate of the equipment. This article discusses several factors to be considered when buying healthcare equipment.
Only consider purchasing equipment directly from the manufacturer. Only original equipment manufacturers can have access to training, system upgrades and spare parts of the equipment. Economical and alternatives to the new equipment include remanufactured equipment that manufacturers may have. To make sure that the equipment has met its specifications and worked efficiently, manufacturers have to test 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. It is necessary to ask for quotes that explain all the details of the equipment to be able to make informed decisions. No matter how expensive buying original equipment may seem, it provides long-term reliability and useful life.
Buying equipment should be accompanied by a warranty. The equipment may be of such high quality but experiencing a problem within the first few days may be inevitable. Your purchase satisfaction is largely determined by the aid you are provided with after the sale. Written warranties and warranty forms should be signed in case the seller provides them. Background information on the manufacturing company helps to know the type of company you are doing business with. If the equipment comes with a warrant, it shows the trustworthiness and reliability of the manufacturer.
Major purchases for a healthcare facility should not be spared as they serve as capital investments and result in greater returns. 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. You can also decide to buy either remanufactured or refurbished 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.