Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

February 06, 2017

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3 Great Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Expenses on Digital Detectors

One pain point every hospital knows is the often unexpected expense of fixing or replacing digital detectors, which are fragile, sensitive to fluid intrusion, and hugely expensive to replace ($40,000 – $70,000). However, paying for detector service coverage is often even more expensive (between $20,000 and $50,000 every year). So, how does your hospital protect itself from the risks?

At Miga, we have more than a decade of experience available to help you think creatively when it comes to avoiding unnecessary equipment expenses. Here are just 3 tips that you may wish to consider:

1. Protect against fluid intrusion – As you may have learned the hard way, exposure to fluids of any kind will absolutely void your warranty. By simply covering the detector in a 20 cent clear plastic trash bag to protect it from spills, you can easily save your hospital from a $70,000 accident.

2. Consider dropping service coverage entirely – If your hospital’s risk guidelines allow it. Many of our hospital clients have dropped service contracts after doing what they can to protect their in-service units. This could easily save $40,000 per unit per year! You could also buy an extra (new or pre-owned) unit as a back-up, and your bio-med team may be able to provide all the service you require.

3. Upgrade and convert to digital – Instead of purchasing a new system, upgrade your analog unit. Most analog systems can be easily converted to digital by adding a detector. This will save you about 30-50% compared to the cost of a new digital system without any loss of features or function.

Know the right price.

And get it.

Having the right information saves hospitals time and money on medical equipment lifecycle costs.

Scott Bosch

Manager of Clinical Engineering

Park Nicollet Health Services

“The groups responsible for managing technology in our healthcare organization need data and analysis to manage costs and make informed decisions. Miga’s EVMS platform is an important and valuable resource that helps us make the right decisions for both our clinical priorities and budget.”

Matt Werder

Chief Technology Officer

Hennepin County Medical Center

“Miga’s data is key to helping us be good financial stewards and validates we are using our resources wisely. The market intelligence provided by Miga’s EVMS platform has allowed us to save substantial amounts of money.”

"Miga’s ability to match equipment donated by their customers with the needs of our medical projects has been a most valuable and welcomed resource."

Jim Tierney

CEO

Suburban Radiology

“Miga’s data, analysis and expertise – in particular related to the fair market value of clinical equipment – is a critical resource we need to support strategic acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.”

Eric Hoag

Director, Corporate Strategy & Development

Allina Hospitals and Clinics

“Miga’s proprietary data and expertise was critical to our ability to close an acquisition deal quickly and with a high level of confidence in our valuation.”

Bill Barta

Corporate Director, System Imaging

Fairview Health Systems

“Miga’s objective information-based approach and understanding of the needs of hospitals makes them a valuable resource and helps us make the most cost effective spending decisions.”

Matt Blashill

Enterprise Director of Supply Chain

Lake Region Healthcare

"There’s a personal touch that sets Miga apart from their competitors. They don’t just offer great insights. They always take the time to provide additional analysis that is meaningful and actionable."

Dan Bazinet

Director of Clinical Engineering

Southcoast Health

“In all my years in health care, I’ve used a lot of benchmarking tools. Most simply repeat information passed along from others; Miga’s information tells me what’s really happening.”

COO

Community Hospital

"Miga's negotiating skills save us time and money. And their unique understanding of the market means we’re always playing from a position of strength."

Supply Chain Director

Regional Healthcare System

“All suppliers claim to have excellent customer service. Miga actually walks the talk and always has our best interest at heart. We love working with them."