Why You Should Upgrade the Equipment in Your Practice
Have you been using the same equipment in your practice for several years now? If your devices have been breaking down more frequently or not operating the way they used to, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
Upgrading the medical equipment in your practice comes with a price tag, but new equipment will have a huge impact on your practice. New equipment makes your practice safer, more versatile, more efficient, and more profitable.
Improve Quality of Care
While new technology is available every year, replacing equipment every year is costly and time consuming. However, if it’s been five or more years since you’ve replaced some medical devices in your practice, there’s a chance a new device will give you a big upgrade in the care you’re able to provide. Whether it’s fewer and faster treatment times, more kinds of treatment from one device, or more effective, lasting results, a new model of your device can improve the quality of care you give to your patients.
Taking great care of your medical devices does extend their life; however, regular wear and tear does add up, and older machines are more likely to break down as parts wear out. Broken machines lead to downtime while they’re repaired, which means fewer opportunities to offer treatment, and ultimate lost revenue even if the repair is covered under warranty. If the warranty has expired, repairs can be costly. Additionally, older machines may not have replacement parts available if that device has been discontinued for some time.
More Service Offerings
In many cases, new equipment has the capacity to do more. New devices may operate with higher powers or larger ranges that allow you to offer new services or the same service to more people. For example, a laser therapy device with more power or multiple wavelengths gives your practice the ability to treat a wider range of patient concerns. The ability of the higher power and different wavelengths can penetrate deeper into the body or target different parts of the body, such as skin, muscle, and bone, from one device.
The ability to offer more by replacing a device makes that device more profitable and allows you to generate more ROI from the new device.
Improved Practice Efficiency
A newer medical device is likely going to operate faster than an older one, even if it’s only in powering up or shutting down. Depending on the purpose of the device, a new one could potentially have the ability to make treatments faster. Since a newer device is also less likely to break down, there’s no downtime or periods where you can’t offer the service it provides. This all leads to increased practice efficiency. You can offer more treatments in less time, which leads to more opportunities for revenue than with your older, less efficient device.
Old equipment is more likely to malfunction, making its use more risky for patients and your staff. Older equipment is more likely to overheat, or controls may be more or less sensitive which can make the device harder to properly control and lead to ineffective treatment. While it might be okay if the old office printer needs a gentle nudge from time to time to keep going, a medical device needs to be 100% reliable to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
While function is the most important aspect of a medical device, appearance plays a role in patient perspective, too. Newer devices have a sleeker look more in-line with the overall trends of the time. Patients are likely to notice a new device and appreciate the aesthetic appeal of it as well as gaining additional confidence they’re receiving the best care with the latest treatment technology.
Upgrade to Aspen Laser Systems
If you’ve been considering upgrading or replacing your current laser therapy system, Aspen Laser Systems offers high-powered, class IV laser therapy devices with optimal treatment wavelengths. Our unique dual wavelength systems give you the ability to use each wavelength independently or in combination for the versatility of three lasers in one high-powered device.
Learn more about our class IV laser therapy systems in the link below.