Preventative maintenance has come to the forefront of facilities management, and with increasing operational costs and lack of visibility, healthcare facilities are investing in preventative maintenance software at a record rate. Preventative maintenance is essential to facilities management, helping extend the life of vital healthcare equipment to enhance patient safety. There is no time to waste for healthcare facilities working with outdated software or reactive manual practices. Here, our team discusses the power of preventative maintenance within healthcare and how you can streamline operations through digital initiatives.
Cost Reduction Through Preventative Maintenance
There is no doubt that inflation and an uncertain economic outlook have hurt industries across the board, and healthcare is no different. Factors like increased labor and utility costs have resulted in tight budgets for healthcare facilities, so reducing costs across their facility has become a top priority. Wondering if reactive maintenance costs really make a difference? Reactive maintenance has an average of 30-40% higher cost expectancy than preventative maintenance due to higher emergency repair costs. Additionally, the likelihood of part replacement, or even replacement of an entire machine, increases significantly when there is no preventative maintenance strategy in place. In turn, preventative maintenance can save your team up to 25% in comparison, a much-needed break during this challenging economic time.
Improving Patient Safety & Satisfaction
The number one goal of any healthcare facility is to ensure that their patients are properly taken care of. Not just meeting a generic standard of care, but an exceptional one, knowing that they are safe and surrounded by top-of-the-line healthcare equipment for their care. With reactive maintenance, downtime for repairs increases significantly. According to recent data from Modern Healthcare, supply chain shortages “often require a new workflow or training, and with clinicians spending more time adjusting to these changes and less familiar products, there is an increased likelihood of mistakes occurring.” This means that if your frontline equipment goes down, the likelihood of finding a timely replacement is minimal. By focusing on preventative maintenance, there is a significant improvement in the safety of your current equipment, ensuring that every patient has adequate access to the resources they need when they need them.
Boosting Operational Efficiency for Your Hospital
Just as healthcare facilities are working to save money through cost reduction, they are also looking to streamline costs by enhancing operational efficiency. In Verdantix’s Smart Building Software Outlook, asset maintenance management software is the second largest functionality area spend, accounting for 30% of spend for organizations, with expectations for growth. This further solidifies the need for preventative maintenance as an integral part of your facilities management strategy.
As it relates to operational efficiency, preventative maintenance creates a streamlined approach to equipment and infrastructure monitoring across your hospital. For equipment, this includes the resources to manage asset lifecycles from cradle to grave across departments and automate maintenance schedules to ensure that no equipment is missed. The same goes for infrastructure maintenance, but it also enhances safety and compliance by ensuring that all essential and emergency procedures, such as HVAC, temperature control, fire prevention, or chemical hazard protections, are working properly.
You Need a Preventative Maintenance Software, Stat.
Preventative maintenance software is a lifesaver (literally and figuratively) for healthcare facilities, and with digital transformation at the forefront of the industry, now is the time for change. With SCLogic, our software Intra was developed with specific verticals in mind, one being the healthcare industry. Our asset maintenance workflows are configurable to provide specific solutions for your healthcare facility, including asset lifecycle tracking, mean time to repair and mean time between failure, automated maintenance schedules, and more.