Before making a final purchasing decision, it’s always essential to take the time to learn more about the actual cost of a product or service. In evaluating the cost of digital x-ray equipment and supporting products and services offered to radiologists and medical professionals, there are several considerations to keep in mind. This guide should help clarify what those factors are, and how they impact the actual cost.
Right Size & Scope
When pricing any type of medical imaging or x-ray product, system, or solution, it’s necessary to get the right size and scope for the needs of the office. Take the time to actually plan out what is a true necessity, and what can be done without. While expecting future growth in a business is great, in most instances, products and services can be scaled as needed.
This offers greater flexibility, while ensuring that in the meantime, nobody is paying for something they don’t actually need or use. Most digital x-ray equipment products and services are offered with an array of different configurations and options as well. This affects price, and once again, it’s important to analyze current needs to avoid paying for unnecessary products or functionality. Certain services or features may fall into the “must have” category, while others might be a nice bonus if affordable, and still others may be expendable.
Long-Term Cost of Ownership
Keep in mind, there might be a price tag on something, but that does not always mean it’s the true total cost of ownership over that product’s lifetime. Total cost of ownership must be factored in and compared directly in order to get an accurate gauge of how affordable a product is from one provider versus another. For instance, factors such as ongoing maintenance and service need to be included, as well as the potential costs of repair and upgrades.
Protection Over Time
It’s also important to consider warranty plans, as well as regular service or maintenance plans. The ultimate goal should be to reduce total cost of ownership, which provides greater value across the entire effective life of the product, as opposed to simply reducing upfront cost to the smallest number possible. This saves money over the long haul, while also providing greater convenience by offering built-in assurance, reducing downtime, and minimizing hassle if and when issues occur.
In addition to a full range of digital x-ray equipment, Medlink Imaging also provides additional services and solutions, including our DICOMesh Synchronized Backup Services. Learn more about how we can help with everything from x-ray compliance to business continuity by contacting us, or calling 800.456.7800 (Option #2) to speak with a representative.