January, 2, 2014
Hospitals often struggle with the decision on whether to buy or rent their medical equipment. So I’d like to ask you this: What about equipment reallocation?
One of our healthcare customers has a multi-disciplinary group that is tasked with evaluating the hospital’s equipment needs. If someone is in need of a piece of equipment – first that individual needs to put in a request. Once the request is submitted, the team checks the utilization of the specific equipment type in order to determine whether it should be procured. Often times they can simply reallocate the piece of equipment already owned by their hospital – without the need to rent or purchase a new one.
This decision is very straightforward when leveraging a real-time locating system (RTLS). The data collected by the InSites solution, on where, when, and how the equipment is being used throughout the facility, is presented in easy-to-read utilization report. Analysis of this data makes a previously time consuming task a simple and unbiased decision for the hospital.
So before you make a decision on whether to buy or rent, look at the data first! You just may be surprised by how many assets within your hospital are consistently, yet unnoticeably, being underutilized.