Changing Hospital Maintenance
This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for Hospitals.
Changing Technology Needs Changes In The Management of Assets
Hospitals, medical clinics and larger medical practices handle many operational issues outside of patient care. Some of these issues include the direct or vendor management of medical devices, laboratory equipment, pharmaceuticals and the general asset management. With technology producing increasingly complex equipment, maintenance management is critical to be able to keep track of all equipment and make sure they are operational.
“It is critical, therefore, that a medical device management policy exists that includes a financial provision for maintenance, spare parts and training in the initial cost of the equipment.”
Source: Management, maintenance and use of medical devices
In addition as medical care becomes more dependent on technology, liability exposure naturally increases if the equipment is not maintained adequately.
The Hospital Maintenance Challenge
Establishing a maintenance program for medical devices and other equipment should occur when the equipment before equipment is put in use. For new equipment, this may not be any more complicated than scheduling when the vendor will perform preventive maintenance, inspections or make repairs. Due to the cost of new equipment, some medical facilities may find themselves with used or no longer warranted equipment. Therefore, for older equipment, either a service vendor must be found or in-house staff must be trained to perform all the maintenance functions of new equipment.
Why a Web-based Enterprise Asset Management System (EAM)
A web-based EAM for hospitals has multiple benefits. These benefits include:
- Organizing assets (including spare parts) and vendor documentation for easier tracking and managing.
- Scheduling preventive maintenance, inspections and repairs thru the use of mobile handheld devices.
- Provides a history of work orders, asset information available 24/7/365 with little or no extra IT infrastructure expense. This is critical if the hospital needs to challenge negligence claims.
- Ability to project the useful lifecycle of the equipment and subsequent retirement/replacement timeframe enabling better cash flow management.