It is common practice for medical equipment makers to supply dealers with demo equipment that can be given to clinics and patients in order to test out. The dealers then evaluate how well a particular piece of equipment meets a client’s needs, offering them a different piece of demo equipment or changing out components if necessary.
Because this equipment changes hands so often, it is not unusual for dealers to lose track of some of it from time to time. Unfortunately, many of them rely on manual methods, which leave a lot to be desired in terms of reliability. Whether it’s transposed numbers, impossible-to-read penmanship, lost paperwork or simply missed transactions, there are a number of ways things can go wrong with this method.
Serial Numbers Facilitate Tracking
This is where asset tracking software can prove to be useful. Because this medical equipment has indelible serial numbers, tracking units and knowing their locations and service history can make life a lot easier for everyone involved. It can also enable trading partners to share information about equipment they have in common; unique attributes like descriptions, locations, labeling and even images can be shared easily.
In addition, those who are involved in physically moving the equipment, including dealer representatives and manufacturers, can be authenticated and take part in the tracking process to help boost the accuracy of the data.
When these equipment tracking systems are able to work in unison, dealers and manufacturers alike can note higher operational efficiency as well as fewer incidences of equipment getting lost, stolen, or damaged.
Manufacturers can make sure equipment is in good condition and check whether it is servicing its intended purpose. Best of all, such an approach can help keep costs down as the equipment is managed with greater efficiency, which is something that ultimately benefits all parties involved.
This blog post was based off of an article from Track About. View the original here.