Asteral will offer healthcare providers informed, vendor-independent, clinical choice of both equipment and clinical consumables, while always focusing on balancing the best economic and operational value
The equipment planning and procurement procedure through Asteral Select is carefully managed to help your hospital get the most appropriate equipment, associated maintenance and consumables at the right price.
As one of the largest buyers of medical equipment in the UK we have long-standing relationships with all UK suppliers including the major OEMs, ensuring we are free to provide unbiased advice and consultancy. Last year alone Asteral advised on the selection and procured 59 items of diagnostic imaging equipment; and fully-funded replacement schedules for the next 12 months include: 4 CT scanners, 2 MR scanners, 2 linear accelerators, 2 cardiac cath labs, 3 gamma cameras, 3 mammography units and their mobile trailers, 1 robotic pharmacy, 8 digital x-ray rooms, and 28 ultrasounds.
Our vendor-independence, scale and expertise allow our customers to select best-of-breed technologies from either a single vendor or a variety of suppliers (whilst maintaining the commercial benefits of a single supplier).
Equipment planning and procurement begins with the establishment of a planning group, which will consider long-term and short-term clinical and financial needs for the healthcare provider and weighs them against the costs of training, maintenance, implementation, installation, operating and decommissioning of equipment.
Asteral’s methodology also recommends that efficiency, compatibility with existing systems, the reliability of equipment, operational considerations and the availability of durables – including spare parts – are borne in mind before any decision is made. Weighing up all of these factors is vital to the equipment planning and procurement process, as it is only through this thorough methodology that true efficiencies and cost savings can be delivered.
The planning stage even takes into account the replacement and disposal of end-of-life equipment, with Asteral’s proven and successful banding and equivalency methodologies ensuring that you receive the most appropriate, high-quality clinical technology when it is time to change.
Our equipment planning and procurement expertise extends into all biomed equipment modalities where Asteral provides advice on the timing, cost, and available options on the replacement of over 16,500 biomed assets ranging from diagnostic ECGs to anaesthesia equipment.
By working in partnership with our customers, we are able to achieve their biomed requirements using a three-part methodology: comprehensive assessment, the development of a structured maintenance plan and the implementation of a bespoke management strategy.