by Scott Hutchins
, Project Manager | December 11, 2007
Skytron and Clinical Engineering Consultants (CEC) have launched a new collaboration, Helios Technology Management. Helios brings together what the two companies describe as a profound familiarity with biomed, business, and the current healthcare environment. Through Helios, they are hoping to work with diverse organizations for consultation, servicing, and management resources for safer and more economic results.
"Managing a tangled web of contracts often leads to inefficiencies and redundancies," says Travis Nipper
of CEC. "Decisions on the level of integration are unique to each case. With Helios Technology Management, we don't make the rules; the client does. We provide the depth and breadth of service personalized for client needs."
Helios is already in use in the Midwest.
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Helios offers a full spectrum of technology management solutions, which include general biomedical equipment repair and inspection (on-site and depot), multivendor service capability, compliance with Joint Commission standards, asset management, inventory and service audit, capital acquisition consulting, servicing and management of resources consulting, and in-service and education.
The effort utilizes a proprietary technology management software called BEAMworks™. Through a secure web portal, it tracks performance and ownership costs of the thousands of pieces of medical technology. BEAMworks "synergizes" numerous components for a turnkey medical equipment management plan, according to Nipper.
Through Helios, a hospital can increase or maintain the quality of its technology and technology management. Larger hospitals seek the best care, best staff, and best equipment, which patients expect of them. Helios's service can protect their investments and ensure their maximum contribution through asset management at audits. "We perform a robust assessment in order to gain a global view of the current service requirements and costs," he adds. "This allows us to pinpoint opportunities for financial improvements."
About the Partners
CEC, founded in 2003, and based in Erlanger, KY is a technical management and service company specializing in medical technology. CEC has rapidly grown to become a widely recognized and utilized resource for addressing medical technology service needs. CEC also partners with clients for a wide variety of medical technology management needs. In just over three years, more than 300 clients in 13 states have benefited from CEC's services.
Skytron of Grand Rapids, MI, founded in 1972, provides leadership in medical equipment solutions throughout North America across hospital departments to include Operating Rooms, Imaging, Vascular, Pain Management, Cardiac Cath, EP and IR Labs, Endoscopy, GI-Labs, Cardiovascular, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Urology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ob-Gyn, Labor and Delivery, C-Section, Emergency, Intensive Care, Surgical Reprocessing and Central Service Departments.
CEC is a modest-sized organization, and partnering with Skytron affords it the opportunity to work with recognized global manufacturers and gain exposure. CEC provides Skytron with a fully developed turnkey service that Skytron can deliver to familiar clients as well as their clients' clients. Skytron found CEC through their research of independent medical technology management companies, and found CEC's philosophies and cultures to be the best fit for them.