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Two Words…….Purposeful Design

Today’s landscape in the healthcare market is quite the contrast from years ago.  The reduced reimbursements and increased patient population from the affordable care act has prompted two words to dominate the environment – “Purposeful Design”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) sets limits on the amount that can be charged in various situations and ties Medicare reimbursement levels to performance.

If an organization wants a bigger slice of market then they need to offer more beds, more operating rooms, more outpatient and ambulatory facilities and more medical office space. But to maximize profit margins, they need to keep costs to a minimum.

The way to balance the opposing goals of growth is to renovate existing facilities to be purposeful design whenever possible, and when expansion is necessary, to carry it out in ways that minimize expense and maximize the efficiency of physicians, nurses and medical staff.  A better way of saying it – we have to get more out of less.

Let’s take a look at big piece of the equation – medical equipment.  As the 3rd largest investment of an organization, next to staff and the operational costs of the facility, medical equipment is the focal point for discussion.  Medical equipment planners no longer have the luxury of equipping at the Taj Mahal – no expense spared level – with the latest and greatest widget or gadget just to exceed the ever demanding needs of the physician or staff.  We must embrace the process of providing a solution that encompasses operational efficiency.

Developing a process of “choosing by advantage” we have allowed ourselves to be the center point of ongoing discussions.  Equipment selection should take into account and include the following:

  1. Clinical Staff – Develop and understanding of functionality needed. Facilitating these conversations to provide the product that best fits the clinical objective.  No longer can you provide the Cadillac when the Kia will fit just fine.
  1. Biomedical Engineering – Create a working relationship that takes into account the serviceability, lifespan and the hospital standardizations while selecting equipment. If we are going to plan it…..better be sure they can support it.
  2. Facility Maintenance – Discuss and determine ongoing maintenance concerns and objectives. Accommodating the long term plan of the facility often times leads to more gainful life of the medical equipment.
  1. Supply Chain Management – Leverage the purchasing power. Whether it’s a single facility or an extensive network, utilize the power multiple vendors and bids to obtain pricing that works.  Although it’s not the only criteria, pricing is still a major component.
  1. Design and Construction – As the design unfolds, its critical to consider utilization of equipment in process improvement. Proper work flow analysis and through-put modeling can achieve the right item for the proper situation.
  1. The Patient – Improving patient outcomes has been, and always will be the objective. Utilizing Patient focus groups develops a culture of understanding and engagement of the patient.  The patients input are as valuable as all other components.

Integrating all parties in the decision making process not only provides a purposeful design solution that reduces costs and space, but provides an outcome that contains the “buy-in” of all.

When planning equipment for your next facility “purposeful design” is not only an option – it’s the Cripe Way.

Written By:  Dale Vogel, Senior Healthcare Project Manager

Spring is coming!  Warmer temperatures promise to bring more and more bicycle riders out of hibernation.  Bicycling has become the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States (especially in urban areas).  Not only are people more conscious about each dollar spent and getting their daily exercise, they are also more conscious of the footprint they leave on the environment.  With the shift towards increased daily exercise, decreasing expenses and Green initiatives, almost all major cities in the Unites States are developing bikeways.  The increase in cyclists, in turn, increases every year as does the need for bicycle corrals. 

More and more we are finding that cities are developing plans and policies to make bicycling a safe, enjoyable and feasible transportation choice. As a result, Urban Planning policies and regulations are increasingly requiring accommodations for bicycle parking in new and newly remodeled developments.

As equipment planners, we evolve with the ever-changing needs of our clients.  Staying abreast of the latest trends and regulations allows us to be on the cutting edge of our industry.  By collecting and analyzing data, we are able to suggest pertinent and essential information about bicycle storage equipment and its required maintenance allowing our client to make informed choices, abide by regulations, provide a Green alternative and enhance the cycling experience of those they serve.

Written By:  Shawnita Washington

Equipment Planning and Beyond

The Equipment Planning team traveled to Phoenix, AZ to attend the 8th Annual Attainia Community Summit (ACS).  The community consists of hospitals, medical equipment planners, suppliers, GPOs, and services providers that use Attainia in their respective roles. 

While taking in the 95+ degree weather and the beautiful landscape, we were able to connect with Attainia users to learn how this powerful tool is used in other organizations.  The four day summit was jam packed with sessions that were much more than lectures, they were interactive discussions.  All participants were able to voice their opinions, concerns, requests and suggestions as it relates to the Attainia software itself and the future of healthcare as it relates to supply chain, procurement and clinical engineering as a whole. 

One very unique feature of the ACS was the opportunity for hands on education.  Attainia provided several training sessions for each software module they offer.  One of my favorite parts of ACS was the one-on-one learning lab.  It was manned daily with awesome Attainia IT staff that were open, willing and patient enough to answer any and all questions.  They even took the time to demonstrate how specific aspects of the software can work for specific projects.

Arguably, the best parts of the conference were the evening activities!  There were networking opportunities each night.  Our team connected with people from as far away as the UK and Canada and reconnected with people we partner with locally.  Best of all, we able to put faces with a names of all of the Attainia staff we have done webinars with and sent countless emails to.

Attending ACS was an information filled experience.  We look forward to applying what we have learned so that we can continue to give our clients impeccable service and be the company of first choice.

Written By:  Shawnita Washington