What if your medical practice was already years behind the competition?
If you don’t already use a medical equipment planning service, that is the reality for your own practice. Such services are a game-changer for practices and patients alike. Unfortunately, most practices don’t realize the true potential of these services.
What are the medical equipment planning service benefits that could transform your practice? Keep reading to discover the answers!
What Is Medical Equipment Planning?
Medical equipment planning means finding out what technological solutions a medical organization needs and integrating those solutions in an effective and efficient manner. A planner essentially serves as the bridge between technology, patients, and medical professionals.
Some practices have a medical equipment planner as an integrated part of their staff. Other practices outsource these needs to a specialized medical equipment planning service, which is especially important in the wake of COVID-19.
Now that you know what medical equipment planning is all about, let’s take a closer look at why you should consider hiring a medical equipment planning service!
1. Medical Equipment Planning Saves Time
There are more medical equipment and technological innovations now than at any other point in human history. Of course, this can be a double-edged sword to your practice.
That’s because so much technology means that you must make many different decisions when it comes to choosing the best medical equipment. But discovering which equipment is best for your practice and how to integrate it can be very time-consuming.
With a medical equipment planning service, you get a third-party professional who knows everything about the latest and greatest technology. They can help find and integrate that technology seamlessly into your practice, saving you plenty of time.
2. It Saves Money, Too
You may be hesitating to hire a medical equipment planning service because you think it will cost too much. However, such a service will quickly pay for itself because it helps you to save plenty of money.
First of all, a planning service will be doing the job that your in-house staff would otherwise be doing. Having a qualified expert make these decisions frees your staff up to do what they do best, and this can save your practice money.
Second, a planner knows which equipment is worth the cost and which is not even worth looking at. This keeps you from very expensive “trial and error” when adopting new equipment.
Finally, a planner knows how to properly integrate new equipment into your current space. This keeps you from making costly mistakes that eat up both time and money.
3. Proper Planning Helps Patients
The medical equipment planning service benefits don’t stop with helping you and your office. Such a service can also help many of your patients.
That’s because experts can help find, buy, and integrate technology that reduces the pain of your patients while also making your practice more efficient (more on this shortly). In other words, you can minimize patient pain while also minimizing how long they must wait for treatment.
Furthermore, getting the right equipment installed the right way does more than save you from expensive delays. It also makes sure your patients don’t suffer while you wait for any specialized equipment to be installed.
4. Create a More Efficient Practice
Medical professionals don’t always like to hear this, but a medical practice is still a business. And running things in a more efficient manner can be the difference between success or failure for your practice.
And make no mistake, a medical equipment specialist can help make your practice more efficient. Partially, this is because hiring a professional service frees your staff up to focus on their areas of specialty.
However, a medical equipment planning service also increases efficiency by identifying your pain points and buying equipment to improve your workflows. With the right service and the right equipment, you’ll be more efficient overnight!
5. Planning for the Future
Your medical practice is always at the forefront of history. Innovations in technology and medicine keep challenging our ideas of what patient treatment can do.
Unfortunately, that means it is difficult for you to plan for the future. If you focus on buying the equipment you need in the here and now, you may overlook equipment that can benefit your practice many years from now.
Medical equipment planners specialize in knowing what the future holds and planning accordingly. This can help you provide better treatment while also preparing your practice for future growth.
6. Staying on Top of Regulations
Any given medical practice must contend with countless regulations. Between local codes, national codes, international codes, and industry standards, it’s a lot for any one person to keep up with.
You can try to hand this responsibility to one of your existing staff members. But when they have to memorize all of these regulations on top of their standard duties, they are more likely to make a mistake.
By hiring a medical equipment planning service, you get the best of both worlds. You’ll have an expert who understands all relevant regulations, and you won’t have to worry about re-training existing staff.
7. A Steady and Productive Workflow
To understand why you need medical equipment planners to get things right, you don’t have to overthink things. Instead, ask yourself what will happen when you don’t have a planner and something goes wrong.
When this happens, you will experience an interruption in your workflow. This can jeopardize your current patients and slow down the flow of incoming patients.
A medical equipment planner will get the right equipment ordered and installed on time. This minimizes interruptions, makes your practice more productive, and helps you provide the best possible care for your patients.
Get the Equipment You Need Today
Now you know why a medical equipment planning service is so important. But do you know where to get the equipment you need?
Here at Heartland, we understand how important the right equipment is. To discover what we can do for your practice, just contact us today!
Brad Rumph is the President of Heartland Medical Sales and Services LLC. Together with his investment partners, he established Heartland Medical in 1998, after working for a medical equipment distributor for several years, taking on the roles of Anesthesia System Specialist, a Director of Technical Sales, and finally the Vice President.
He went on to earn a number of certifications connected with medical equipment, such as Medical Gas Maintenance Personnel. Additionally, he successfully completed several courses which required passing a final exam, including IPMM/SCR seminar, technical service basic and advanced seminars, Fabius GS seminar, Narkomed Mobile, and so on. He has also successfully gained the NAD Service Classification of Senior Technical Representative.