Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 13
// Healthcare organizations need to be aware
of the unique situations that their transportation and logistics operations bring with them.
quence can take weeks or even months
depending on the scope of the project,
so companies should secure warehouse space and the appropriate labor
for staging in advance. This should be
accounted for in the budget from the
start. If the project is remote, there
may need to be several smaller staging
facilities in different locations.
Installation and Cleanup
Installation of healthcare equipment
can require specialized tools and machines that may not be available on-site.
Wall mounts, forklifts and other equipment need to be on-hand. During renovation projects when old equipment is
being removed, there needs to be enough
dumpsters available. If used items are
being donated, these need to be tracked
and separated from equipment that is
being thrown away.
The last step after installation is to
perform biomedical and other safety
inspections that allow the equipment
to be put into use. Coordinating this
ahead of time ensures that the new
equipment is operational as soon as
possible after delivery.
Logistics and Timing
Keeping equipment deliveries on time
is critical to healthcare facility budgets. A 20-doctor clinic, for example,
can lose $125,000 in revenue each day
it delays opening. Hospitals can lose
closer to $400,000 to $500,000 per day.
The smaller your client, the harder it
becomes for them to absorb a loss.
It's important to be organized, but also
flexible, with your delivery timeline,
as construction delays are common
and contractors may not have precise
estimates for when the building will be
ready to receive equipment. For facilities that are already serving patients,
it's important that deliveries cause
as little disruption as possible, which
often means they need to happen during
nights and weekends.
Keep these challenges in mind to
ensure your healthcare transportation
and logistics project is well-planned and
goes as smoothly as possible.
Cindy Juhas is the chief strategy officer of
CME, a comprehensive medical equipment
and healthcare services company that helps
medical facilities nationwide to seamlessly
launch, renovate and expand. CME has three
branches and 32 service centers spanning the
nation and offers an expanded product line
of more than 1 million medical products from
more than 1,400 manufacturers. Learn more
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