Money Saving Tips For Healthcare Facilities
Running a healthcare facility costs millions and millions of dollars each year. Other than staff salaries, the biggest expense is medical equipment. In certain parts of the world where healthcare costs continue to rise, it is important for healthcare professionals to find ways to save a little bit of money.
Here are some valuable tips on how medical facilities can save money.
1) Automate Manual Processes
Automation is the future. If a medical facility has not automated processes now is the time to do so. Processes within a facility that can be automated include:
- Check-in and check-out procedures to eliminate bottlenecks.
- Automated patient scheduling to decrease wait time.
- Electronic medical records to save paper and eliminate the need for manual data entry.
So how can these processes help save money? Well it can decrease wait time which leads to higher patient satisfaction and it can help save on staffing costs as less manpower is needed for manual processes.
2) Consider Used Medical Devices
New medical equipment, as mentioned before, is one of the biggest expenses that healthcare facilities face. Luckily there are companies that sell used medical devices such as used MRI machines, Ultrasound machines and so much more.
While some facilities may be hesitant to buy used medical equipment, it can actually save them a significant amount of money. These devices are just as reliable and effective as new ones but at a fraction of the cost.
3) Reduce Waste Collection Costs
Waste collection costs can add up pretty quickly, especially if they are not properly managed. To save money on this front, medical facilities should implement strategies to reduce waste production.
A highly effective strategy is to establish recycling programs that facilitate the segregation of recycled materials from regular waste. This way a medical facility can reuse certain materials, saving them waste processing costs.
4) Lower Energy Consumption
Healthcare practices rely on electricity to run medical equipment and other essential operations leading to a hefty electricity bill. To lower energy consumption within healthcare facilities they should consider:
- Using energy-efficient lightbulbs.
- Regularly inspecting the HVAC system to ensure it runs efficiently.
- Encouraging staff to switch off any unnecessary electrical appliances when not in use.
- Switching to renewable energy sources such as solar power.
5) Outsource Non-Medical Services
Laundry, housekeeping, maintenance and repairs are just a few of many services that can be outsourced. If a healthcare facility hires third-party companies to handle these services, they can save on employee salaries, benefits and training costs.
6) Implement Telemedicine Services
Telemedicine is a way for healthcare professionals to provide remote medical services through telecommunication technology. This is convenient for clients and very beneficial for healthcare facilities. They can reduce their overhead expenses such as office space and utilities, while also reaching a wider pool of clients.
If healthcare facilities follow just two of these money saving tips they’ll see a noticeable difference in their expenses in no time! As the saying goes, “a penny saved is a penny earned”, and in today’s life, every penny counts.
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