Tracking Hospital Equipment With An EAM
This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for tracking Hospital asset management.
Smaller but not less cheap
Technology plays an important role in hospital image and their ability to provide patient care. New equipment or medical devices that are introduced are often very expensive as a result of the development costs or specialized uses. Without proper service or maintenance the lifecycle of medical equipment is significantly shortened. Just as important is a hospitals ability to keep track of asset maintenance as well as being able to accurately project the expected replacement date of an asset.
"Hospitals cannot run efficiently using equipment that is faulty, unreliable or that has been out of service for long periods."
Source: World Health Organization
With tens of thousands pieces of equipment, medical devices and parts, hospital maintenance management has taken a very visible role.
Assorted Medical Equipment
Source: Wikimedia Commons
There are many influences on a hospitals profitability, these include labor, asset management, energy efficiency and capital expenditures. Understanding asset management is crucial to hospital operations. All equipment needs to be managed from purchase through retirement or replacement. In order to be managed effectively, asset data should be entered into an EAM system. This enables the hospital to maintain a complete inventory and maintenance history on all equipment. In turn the stored data will reduce the amount of missing equipment, allow for projected replacement dates and enhance vendor management.
Operational Impact of an EAM
The implementation of an EAM brings additional benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to
- Reduction of paper flow through the integration of handheld devices
- An increase in proactive maintenance and a decrease in reactive maintenance or repairs
- Automated inspection scheduling of critical assets
- Automated work orders enabling faster response time
- Know where your assets are at all times and in what condition they are in