Evaluating alternative service contracts for medical equipment

L. De Vivo, P. Derrico, D. Tomaiuolo, C. Capussotto, A. Reali

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Abstract

Managing medical equipments is a formidable task that has to be pursued maximizing the benefits within a highly regulated and cost-constrained environment. Clinical engineers are uniquely equipped to determine which policies are the most efficacious and cost effective for a health care institution to ensure that medical devices meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and performance. Part of this support is a strategy for preventive and corrective maintenance. This paper describes an alternative scheme of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) service contract for medical equipment that combines manufacturers' technical support and in-house maintenance. An efficient and efficacious organization can reduce the high cost of medical equipment maintenance while raising reliability and quality. Methodology and results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Pages3485-3488
Number of pages4
Volume26 V
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 5 2004

Other

OtherConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/1/049/5/04

Keywords

  • Cost reduction
  • Medical equipment maintenance
  • OEM service contracts
  • Quality control
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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