This article will review the most important points to consider when you are looking to make any medical equipment purchases for your medical practice, clinic, surgery center, or small hospital. Be sure that any companies that you work with have the following.
Time is money.
When you first start looking for the medical equipment that your office needs, remember that you time is money. If you spend an entire day searching for a product to save $50-$100 on price, did you really save money? The fastest way to find medical products is to search online. You can normally find exactly what you are looking for by typing the manufacture’s name and model number in your search engine and performing a search. Most midmark of the top medical equipment sites will have a search feature on their site to quickly help you find what you are looking for. Keep in mind that if they do not have a product listed on their site, it will not show on their sites search results. Be sure to only deal with sites online that have complete product lines listed on their site. The easier a site is to navigate, the less time that you will have to spend online, and the more time you will have to work with patients.
Know all available models for a product.
Most medical sites will only list some of the models numbers available for a product online. Most companies require that you speak to a medical sales rep that will only refer to a spreadsheet or PDF file to let you know what is available. Most of us can remember playing the game Telephone in grade school. Most of the time the information became less accurate as it went through another source. Only buy from web sites that show you all of your options.
Get the accessories you need at the time of initial purchase.
Save time along with shipping costs when you purchase everything that you need the first time that you visit a web site to buy medical equipment. Finding a site that shows all of the available accessories at the time of purchase. This will allow you to stock up on any consumable medical products needed for that product to function, so that you can keep your workflow moving along.
Have easy access to all available information on a product.
Medical equipment manufacture web sites are know for being difficult to navigate, and nearly impossible to find instructions and documentation on their products. Purchase your medical equipment from a company that has taken the extra effort to provide this information on their web site as a service to you.
Purchase from a secure site.
There are two things to look for on any web site to know that your personal information is secure. Do not give out your information unless they have the following:
3rd party SSL certificate
– SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. This means that your data will be encrypted before in goes across the Internet. Their site should have a logo that you can click on that will show a certificate that will pop up to verify it authenticity.
Https in your web address bar
– Once you land on a page that is requesting information from you such as a check out page, looks for Https in your address bar. This will mean that you are now connecting to that web site with a secure connection.