CMMS in Healthcare: Navigating a Landscape with Complex Requirements
The rapid pace of the healthcare industry is laden with a myriad of operational complexities that make the case for digital innovations to unlock opportunities at scale. An ever-evolving sophisticated infrastructure and growing regulations make it difficult for healthcare enterprises to maintain and manage their facilities, so emerging technologies can play a critical role in streamlining every aspect of healthcare maintenance.
Amidst rising operating costs and dipping margins, healthcare enterprises also have several budgetary uncertainties to navigate. It is essential that healthcare enterprises reduce the costs of asset failure and breakdown, equipment maintenance, and facilities management, and ensure optimum safety and quality of care.
Digitizing Healthcare Maintenance
Today, healthcare maintenance teams across medical facilities are focused on expediting the digitization of asset-driven activities. The objective is to holistically modernize the various functions of maintenance to not only unlock cost advantages but also enhance patient experiences and outcomes. Currently, the most significant challenges plaguing healthcare enterprises in their maintenance pursuits are controlling operational costs, asset optimization, physical security and access control, and energy efficiency.
To address these challenges and cater to the evolving needs of advanced maintenance needs, enterprises need technology-enabled systems that are comprehensive and future ready. Due to poor visibility, many organizations find themselves with unreliable and underutilized assets and, as a result, managing avoidable downtimes. Computer-aided maintenance management systems (CMMS) tick all the right boxes for healthcare enterprises seeking to easily modernize and digitize their maintenance practices and enjoy end-to-end visibility of the maintenance process.
Enhancing Healthcare Facilities and Asset Maintenance with CMMS
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions it caused to the healthcare industry, the adoption of CMMS has substantially increased. CMMS will play a pivotal role in numerous areas of healthcare enterprises that have adopted this technology.
Work order management: Facility managers still heavily rely on conventional, manual methods of managing and processing work orders. This is not only slow and error prone but also leads to poor standardization of the maintenance process and irregular inspections, which can result in equipment failure and unavailability. With the help of CMMS, enterprises can better direct their maintenance workforce, outsource tasks, track progress, and keep a tab on costs and availability of resources – all in real-time.
Reliability-centered healthcare facilities and asset management: Merely depending on manufacturer recommendations or regulatory requirements cannot ensure flawless healthcare facilities maintenance and asset management. CMMS proactively procures and processes equipment, asset, and resource data for real-time insights that can influence crucial maintenance decisions. These informed decisions result in cost-effective, reliability-centered maintenance, increased productivity, and improved safety and experiences. Advanced reporting capabilities of CMMS offer real-time visibility of the healthcare facility, medical equipment, and staff performance.
Cost reduction across maintenance, repair, and operations: Cost savings is a critical consideration for any enterprise in their digital initiatives. There is an opportunity of significant cost reduction across any healthcare organization’s maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) activities. As an enabler of reliability-centered maintenance – a mix of corrective, preventive, and predictive maintenance approaches – CMMS can significantly reduce downtime of equipment and operations while cutting maintenance costs. CMMS also helps reduce frequent maintenance needs and recurring issues, prolong equipment lifecycles, and improve service quality.
Thorough compliance: With increasing rigidity of regulations and guidelines, the job of a healthcare facilities maintenance manager is becoming more difficult. Keeping up with regulatory changes through the conventional checks and balances is impossible. A robust CMMS strengthens the manager’s hand by keeping him or her up to date with regulatory changes, prescribing actions to ensure compliance, and generating real-time reports on the maintenance status and performance. This reduces the risk of penalties and allows enterprises to focus on their core competencies.
Unlocking the Value of CMMS for Healthcare with TMA Systems
For more than three decades, TMA Systems has been providing valuable CMMS solutions to healthcare facilities management teams. The easily configurable technology is designed to cater to the maintenance management needs of modern healthcare facilities. With comprehensive technical support available 24/7, TMA Systems has emerged as a partner of choice for many world-leading enterprises.
The diverse capabilities of our solution ensure that WebTMA is adequately future proofed for your organization. In addition to our robust CMMS, TMA Systems provides healthcare facilities with mission-critical capabilities that have been tested on the field. To read the whitepaper on how CMMS can add significant value to maintenance management for healthcare facilities, click here.
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