3 questions to consider before investing in new technology for your veterinary practice

3 questions to consider before investing in new technology for your veterinary practice

Don't make a big purchase without considering these questions.
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Jun 27, 2012
By dvm360.com staff

When you’re building a new veterinary hospital, it can be tempting to want all brand new and shiny equipment on the inside. While it’s important to keep your budget in check, new technology can provide better patient care and help curb costs. Here are three questions from Healthcare Realty Development Company to consider before you invest in new technology.

1. Will it improve patient care? If new technology is not in the patient’s best interest, then it should not be considered. The new technology should be able to provide higher quality care for the pet at a lower cost for the client.

2. Will it streamline operations? Next to patient care, new equipment should streamline operations resulting in cost savings for the hospital. Whether as a result from combining services, requiring fewer employees administer care, or simply replacing older equipment that costs more to maintain, new technology needs to make the facility more efficient.

3. Are you considering the full gamut of costs? It’s not only the machines that cost money, but just as crucial is the time spent to train your team. Sometimes there are substantial costs involved in training employees to operate the equipment as well as supporting devices, which sometime require their own service providers.