Medical Equipment Procurement Services

In recent times, medical technology is increasingly playing a more important role in a hospital. Innovations in the field, technological advances, increasing awareness among patients, greater dependence of clinicians on medical technology and competition among hospitals are some of the key reasons for medical equipment being one of the crucial aspects of a hospital.

The capital cost towards procuring medical equipment for an up-coming hospital constitutes anywhere between 25-40% of the total fixed asset cost.  Given the significant capital cost, medical equipment form an important part of a hospital’s fixed asset inventory

Medical Equipment Procurement Process

The medical equipment planning and procurement in a hospital is one process that needs to be well thought through. The medical equipment procurement process starts with enlisting the medical equipment (department-wise) and continues till successful commissioning of the asset.

Typically, in green-field hospital project, medical equipment planning and procurement should come under the purview of a hospital consultant. A professional and well experienced hospital consultant will relieve the Client of the below mentioned indispensable responsibilities.

  • Ensure comprehensive listing of medical equipment in each department with the required quantities
  • Select apt medical technology in concurrence with the nature of the hospital, clinical specialties and services offered, demand and need statistics in the neighbourhood and the project budget
  • Plan timelines for each category of equipment based on the overall project timelines
  • Outline technical specifications for vendor RFPs / RFQs (Request for Proposal / Request for Quotation)
  • Liaison with all medical equipment vendors at different stages of the project
  • Ensure coincidence between architectural plans and equipment specifications
  • Review vendor offers and short-list vendors and equipment models
  • Ensure consensus with the core team of clinicians
  • Negotiate pricing and purchase & maintenance terms with short-listed vendors
  • Monitor the delivery, installation and training process
  • Ensure timely completion and adherence to statutory regulations

Assigning a hospital consulting company for the medical equipment planning and procurement has the following advantages.

  • Thorough understanding of the subject
  • Greater expertise and experience
  • Ability to handle high quantum of work to ensure timely delivery
  • Knowledge on the extensive range of medical equipment
  • Established vender and equipment database
  • Ability to conduct meaningful discussions with clinicians
  • Understanding of current market rates and terms
  • Professional approach

It is, therefore, advisable to take guidance and assistance from a healthcare consultant to conduct the medical equipment planning and procurement process. This will not only result in a more streamlined process but will also help save cost because of better industry knowledge of the consultant.

Looking for a reliable hospital project Consultant?

We often seek  expert opinion when planning for a house renovation or for fixing a broken computer.  An expert opinion helps us save time, energy and at the same time we can get the work done by an expert. Similarly, hospital projects also demand a great amount of time, money, knowledge and experience. It is imperative to have a thorough understanding of the changing dynamics of the healthcare sector, the healthcare scenario and the current demand for healthcare in the proposed location, and the financial implications of the project before starting a hospital project. A hospital project consultant meticulously looks into these aspects of the project. However, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the healthcare consultant before assigning the project. Listed below are certain factors to be taken into consideration while looking for a reliable hospital consultant:

  1. Domain experience – The years of experience of the consultant team in the healthcare domain will give a good picture of the expertise and knowledge of the hospital project consultant.
  1. Previous projects – The past projects accomplished and current projects in progress are another factor that can be looked at. A feedback from the previous project could be taken. The projects done in a similar capacity can also be looked at. E.g hospital projects done with less than 50 beds
  1. Consultancy team – The team that makes up the consultancy is as important as the project experience. A consultancy team usually consist of a multidisciplinary team with experts in various aspects of the projects. Before starting a project, the credentials of the team member going to be associated with the current project can be seeked.
  1. Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of healthcare – It is essential to ensure the consultant being assigned has a good knowledge of the healthcare operations and aware of the constantly changing dynamics of the industry as every small change in the healthcare industry can directly or indirectly affect the project.
  1. Professional approach – It is important that the consultant has a professional and holistic approach to the project. The scope of service, timelines, client and consultant expectations needs to be clearly defined prior to start of the project. But, having said that, it it is also important that the consultant connects with the ethos of the organization.
  2. Transparency – The consultancy should be transparent about the services offered by them . The cost of the services offered should also be cleary defined. It is also important that the promotor of the project is kept informed and regularly updated by the hospital consultant.

A hospital consultant has a huge role to play in healthcare project in terms of finding feasible and innovative solutions, minimizing the  risk and cost involved and facilitating  decision making.  Hence, hiring a reliable consultant is an important step for successful project implementation.

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Karnala Fort

Karnala fort also called Funnel Hill or  The Thumb Fort because it shape. It is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city.

Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked th

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Base: Panvel  City, Navi Mumbai

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Rail head: Panvel is the nearest railway station at a distance of 10 km. Regular buses and auto-rickshaws are available from outside the station. Panvel is the last stop on the Harbour line of the Mumbai Local train system.

Road head:  Karnala is 60 Km from Mumbai on Mumbai-Goa highway, NH-17.

Trail Type: The trail through the sanctuary is a well-defined motorable road. The trail uphill is narrow, under thick forest cover and full of scree. The last walkway up to the fort is plain with sparse vegetation.               

Best Time: October to April

Approx Trek Cost:

From Panvel Station:

Bus/Auto rates (20 Rs one way)

Entry Fee (30 Rs)

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