MES addresses many of the challenges faced by health systems in relation to medical equipment. MES involves the outsourcing of all aspects of a portfolio of medical equipment to a third party that specializes in providing managed services. The MES provider procures, installs, trains users, manages and maintains the portfolio of medical equipment for a long-term, typically ranging from 10 to 20 years or more.
The MES provider owns the equipment for the entire term and makes it available to the hospital as an integral part of a managed service, which includes all of the necessary elements to support effective use of the equipment. The portfolio of equipment is replaced by the MES provider on a predictable, pre-arranged basis, in accordance with terms set out in a comprehensive legal agreement. MES ensures that patients and clinicians always have access to the highest standard of equipment, thereby reducing clinical risks and increasing productivity. With MES in place, the availability of in-scope medical equipment is never a problem.
MES converts a traditional asset purchase deal into a services offering, marked by predictable annual service payments and no capital outlay. Because of its significant market presence and narrow focus on medical equipment, the MES provider provides a much higher standard of service at a cost-effective price, often at much below the health systems’ existing cost structure.
Today the outsourcing of non-core activities is a standard practice with most larger organizations. It allows for both a transfer of risks to a specialist organization that is better positioned to manage those risks, and for the health system to focus on its core role of providing a high standard of clinical services to patients. The platform that MES creates is also often a catalyst for other hospital-wide reforms.
BENEFITS OF MES
With MES, health systems achieve broad range of highly advantageous benefits that are not typically available to hospitals. These typically include improved patient care, significant financial benefits to the health system, including comprehensive risk transfers in important areas. Some of the benefits are as follows: