Medical devices and equipment such as x-ray machines, MRI devices, medicine dispensing machines etc. need to be handled with extreme care. These equipment are fragile and highly valuable, the cost of each machine is nearly a few thousand dollars. They have to be handled and transported with extreme care and caution so as to withstand the rigors of transportation like shock, vibration, rolling, pitching, dirt, dust and contamination.
The manufacturers of healthcare equipment are not specialized in logistics. They have to contract the services of company specializing in healthcare logistics to ensure proper packaging, crating, shipping, delivery and installation of their products.
These are a few considerations to make in order to select the right healthcare logistics company for your business needs
The warehousing site of the logistics firm should comply with the requirements of the manufacturing company. The size of the warehouse should be large enough to accommodate the inventory at the peak levels. The facility should have high-level security and alarm systems. The healthcare logistics company should have the necessary tools and equipment for unloading, picking and packaging of the medical equipment. The warehouse should have up-to-date fire safety systems to match with the safety regulations. The warehouse should also have suitable HVAC units to comply with the temperature requirements of certain devices. The logistics provider should have proper inventory control and inventory tracking mechanisms.
Transportation and delivery
The logistics provider should be able to arrange suitable transportation and delivery of the medical devices depending on the delivery requirements. They should have a well-trained delivery team that understands the nuances of the product. They should be able to off-load the products and deliver them in the designated facility, without damaging the facility. They should have experience in handling the necessary tools required for the delivery and placement of the equipment in specific location.
The logistics provider should also have the facility of reverse logistics. Some medical equipment are sent for trial and may be needed to be returned to the company after a certain period. The logistics company should have reusable crates and packing materials to repack the equipment safely.
Manufacturers of healthcare equipment should choose the third party provider for healthcare logistics very carefully. As the equipment is of high- value and is fragile, it needs a specialist team to ensure proper storage and delivery.