Insights into equipment planning of a 250-Bed hospital project

Kumar, Naveen P and Srinivas, Nirupa J (2014) Insights into equipment planning of a 250-Bed hospital project. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 4 (10). pp. 311-321. ISSN 2249-9571

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Abstract

Too often, a hospital neglects to plan on the purchase of medical equipment. The purchasing process is done on an ad-hoc basis, at the last minute, not based on what the hospital‟s real needs, and is approved based on who shouts the loudest or is the most influential in the hospital. In this hour, aim is “What should be done to buy the most suitable equipment, for the lowest price, for the right reasons at the right time.”Enormous costs involved in research and development has greatly inflated selling costs. It has also introduced a dangerous trend of reducing the functioning life of equipment. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to manage medical equipment to contain costs, and yet able to improve efficiency, quality and performance from the equipment that you use. In the excitement of buying new equipment the specialist loses the sight of the needs, costs and likely constrains of maintaining such equipment. This article deals with the best practices in equipment planning. A 250-bed hospital with all basic specialties would require 45 crores for equipment alone. There is need for planning so that new technology can be introduced, co-ordinate purchase, and it helps making process transparent, accountable objectives and it will actually save money too. The key mantra to beat the above practices is to create a sense of anticipation while training a hospital manager and ensuring adequate safeguards measures prior to the procurement. Efficient Manager needs to play a balancing role between the limited resources of an organization, temerity of the specialist to procure equipment and ground realities of its uses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical projects; medical equipment plannin; financial planning of equipmen; maintenance of equipment.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Hospital Administration
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 04:36
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 04:36
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140880

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