As the healthcare industry moves past COVID, some challenges remain while new ones are emerging. If supply chain problems have abated in some areas, there is a new awareness of the complexity and risks that can still hide there. Inflation has created additional cost pressure on hospitals already running at razor-thin margins. The urgency to deploy new technologies that reduce cost and improve the quality of care has only increased. But working with reliable technology partners will help you address these challenges, facilitating a more positive impact on patient care. Here are some examples.
The Quest for Quality
Ensuring healthcare carts, peripherals, and other medical accessories are of the highest quality is always a priority. In many healthcare environments, technology must be mobile and easily positioned at the point of care. Access to a wide variety of carts and arms enables the creation of a full range of customer solutions, including customized builds and modular solutions incorporating existing components like arms, cameras, and more. When working with partners that offer this type of flexibility, product managers are much more effective at getting the right products to market faster and more cost-effectively. With parts readily available and easily configured, mobile workstations, robotic surgery carts, and wall-mountable equipment can be quickly customized to suit specific customer needs. This is also a great route for professionals running smaller programs where production volumes make it hard to justify the development of fully custom solutions.
Reacting to Regulatory Issues
Compliance with regulatory requirements is often a primary driver of the timeline for getting new technology to market. When mobile carts or articulating arms are essential components of finished medical devices, it is advantageous to work with a partner that builds their own medical devices, has an ISO 13485 quality system in place, and can provide the test data and documentation needed to populate Design History Files. This allows engineers to stay focused on the device technology development and accelerates speed to market. For cases where the cart or arm is an accessory sold alongside your medical device, iTD can assume the entire regulatory burden, handle the necessary filings, and reduce both cost and time to market still more.
Secure Against Supply Chain Disruption
In the face of supply chain delays, sourcing products geographically close to demand is key for minimizing potential disruptions. Increasingly, the cost savings once associated with offshoring to Asia are shrinking. Attempting to source cheaper products from less stable parts of the world overemphasizes unit cost without taking into consideration total cost and risks compromising quality. Flexibility, local shipments, and shorter shipping time are what translate to real savings in today’s environment.
Manufacturers on the same continent inherently offers the flexibility to scale up when needed and provide breathing room for weathering uncertainty in the most cost-effective manner.
Companies that source their solutions from manufacturers like iTD have a distinct advantage in getting exceptional products to market faster while never compromising on quality. We provide everything needed to meet the challenges facing the healthcare industry in 2023 and beyond. Our professional team will gladly work with your company to assist with designing and building solutions that fit the needs of your clients, including both hybrid and off-the-shelf options.