Efficient asset and stock management has therefore become a focal point for these organisations. Patient safety, as highlighted above, is the main driving force behind this effort, followed by the need to control costs, reduce waste and increase staff productivity.
Sometimes, however, doing nothing is the easier option.
Technical and operational issues, privacy concerns and initial investment requirements often deter organisations from altering existing processes. Understanding what questions to ask and what to look for in an asset management service provider will help to mitigate these factors.
Asset management affects an organisation’s ability to drive efficiency and control costs. Often hospitals will be persuaded to purchase excess equipment by demand of their practitioners. This overspend stems from an inability to quickly and accurately quantify stock. When clinicians aren’t sure they will have access to what they need, when they need it, many will begin to stockpile equipment within their units.
One remedy is the implementation of a mobile solution that allows staff to monitor medical stock and assets on smartphones and tablets. Staff can quickly and accurately record stock levels, usage levels and the expiry dates of assets on a mobile device, in real time. Since it’s hosted in the cloud, all data is securely sent from the mobile device to a central IT system from where reports and alerts can be generated immediately – notifying staff to any potentially hazardous or life threatening issues, such as dangerously low levels of stock.
With the high cost and increasing mobility of medical equipment, it has become imperative to implement a robust asset management solution for those reasons alone. However, there are many other reasons to deploy an asset management solution. These include:
There are many companies that provide asset management tools and applications. Each solution provider will have a different approach to tackling their client’s requirements. Asset management application providers also vary significantly in each market sector. Thus, it is important to choose a provider that has experience in providing solutions specifically in the healthcare market.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you look for a provider to implement or upgrade your asset management program at your healthcare facility.
At mpro5, we have worked with many healthcare organisations to streamline their asset management solutions. With patient safety as the driving factor we are passionate about staying on the cutting edge of technology while deploying only tested and proven solutions. We strongly believe healthcare is first and foremost about patient care and saving lives. As just one example of what an exemplary asset management solution can provide, you can view mpro5’s most recent case study featuring Aquilant, a leading provider of specialist healthcare and scientific products and services for the medical and scientific sectors.