Replacements When Capital Funding Returns
By: Robert Maliff
The Great Recession certainly affected hospital budgets. Many hospitals and health systems retrenched when it came to spending funds on anything but supplies and salaries. This included imposing strict limits on capital equipment replacements to only those items that had failed or were a safety risk. Thus, while chief financial officers dealt with cash flows, or the lack thereof, for capital equipment, hospitals continued to use medical devices, causing them to suffer wear and tear.
Outside the hospital walls, technology continued to advance with new clinical capabilities and applications, improved designs for safety and better human factors. For example, computed tomography systems now have radiation dose-minimization technologies, digital imaging is now used throughout radiology as well as other image-producing clinical services, and operating rooms are now integrated with all sorts of audiovisual and equipment controls.
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Robert Maliff is a director for the applied solutions group at ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From: Health Facilities Management – June 2012