Medical facilities looking to upgrade medical equipment may be unsure of when the best time is to do so. Medical equipment is high in demand due to the increasing privatization of health insurance, a need for low-cost medical equipment and the demand in developing countries for refurbished medical equipment. Four factors can help facilities as they determine their equipment needs.
- Evaluate the needs of the facility
Smaller facilities and facilities that require basic medical equipment may benefit from keeping their current medical devices. For example, it’s typically not necessary to have the most advanced blood pressure pump for a family medical practitioner. Specialist offices or hospital facilities that perform medical procedures will likely need to upgrade to the most advanced equipment for the health of their patients.
- Determine how to keep patient confidentiality
The digitization of medical records means an increasing amount of confidential data is being stored on the equipment. Hackers are well-known for attacking medical facilities to find protected health information that could benefit them financially. Facilities who are looking to upgrade their computer system or other medical equipment should consider hiring a disposition company certified in destroying confidential information. This can give office personnel the peace of mind of being protected from a future data breach should the equipment be sold or donated to another facility.
- Consider the health and safety concerns of disposal
Before disposing of or selling used medical equipment, health and safety matters need to be taken into account. Equipment that manufactures or comes into contact with chemicals or biological properties is typically considered hazardous. It must be sanitized and cleaned to industry standards. This must occur before the item is resold. Documentation of the steps that were taken to clean and sanitize the equipment should be made and kept should it come into question in the future.
- Research the latest FDA requirements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently expressed an increased interest in the disposal of medical equipment. According to Healthcare Business News, the FDA is becoming involved with used medical equipment. This could mean that new regulations could be forthcoming. Experts expect that medical equipment manufacturers and those who service the equipment might need to be more communicative with one another and keep more detailed records. Because laws and regulations frequently change, it’s a good idea to research any that might affect a medical facility before disposing or selling any equipment.