What is the Project Management Consultancy?
Project management consultancy in the context of architecture and construction means managing the activities during a construction in a methodical manner, maintaining time line and cost efficiency.
In context of a hospital it also means sequencing activities and overlapping activities so that the construction ends at an appropriate designated time frame, without any delay
What is the role of project management consultancy?
The PMC consultant has the following roles to play
Hires and Assigns a team of engineers at the site
Prepare project management chart based on PERT/CPM to ensure completeness of the project on time
Co-ordinate various activities executed by the architects, contractors and the client
Co-ordinates decision making
Ensure that the project is executed as per the laid down guidelines, drawings, materials and their specifications
Ensure quality check
What is the value added due to a project management consultancy?
The value addition because of the presence of a PMC consultant can be as follows
Makes a third party work like a bridge to ensure clients satisfaction and value for money and time
It ensures strict checking of contractors work at site
It ensures strict quality control of work and material at site
It becomes an extended arm of the client, and spares the client with unnecessary involvement in the day to day work at the work site
How project management consultancy and hospital commissioning are interdependent?
These two activities are closely related and interdependent
Hospital commissioning is actual operationalisation of the hospital which is completing construction.
Thus the PMC team and the Commissioning team will have to hand in hand work together to get the hospital operationalised.
Especially the services which is intricately needed both by the clinical side and the building side need to be integrated and implemented simultaneously for operationalisation
The building engineers and the hospital engineers work in close unison to start a hospital
They are really so interdependent with each other
What type of expertise is needed for project management consultancy?
The PMC consultant should be qualified in project management apart from being a qualified engineer
The PMC consultant should be well experienced in handling construction projects
The PMC consultant should have adequate managerial and financial competence
The PMC consultant should have adequate knowledge and experience in modern construction technologies
Medical Equipment Management deals in Identification, Procurement, Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance, Repair, Reuse, Condemnation of medical equipments which are used in the healthcare industry.
Some of the common functions performed by Medical Equipment Managers are listed below:
Medical equipment planning involves the following steps
This question is pretty common and asked most of the time by the people searching for some of the best medical equipment planners. Let us see the list of parameters that medical equipment planners consider while planning for a hospital:
Medical equipment planning and management is one of the important issues while planning and design of hospitals
Integration of medical equipment requirements and their layout room-wise in the overall hospital planning ensures perfect services planning related to each equipment and also ensures ideal flow of movement of clinicians and patients vis a vis the layout of the room in which the equipment is housed.
Medcial equipment planning at the outset ensures adequate electrical and heat load calculations, which helps the services planner to design their services requirements for the overall hospital
Medical Equipment Management gives Hospitals an edge over the competitors who failed to integrate this component in their hospital planning system.
It is clear that Medical equipment management directly benefits all types of users: administrators, clinicians, staff and patients
Whatever your job profile is, in the proper hospital medical equipment management will help you to save your and the hospitals time, money, and energy.
Advantages of Medical equipment management
Medical Equipment Management, MEM keeps track of your medical inventory and records in order to provide complete accuracy:
Weekly and Monthly and Quarterly reports are generated to check and analyze the hospital performance. Such reports generated on a periodic basis helps you to check and control inventory, take preventive and corrective measures, provide repair service, any other issue that can directly or indirectly harm the working of medical equipment.
MEM team ensures 90% or more completion rate is received for all of the preventive maintenance processes. For doing this MEM try always to fix a joint Committee meeting and take decisions in favor of development of the hospital.
MEM assists the hospital in budget planning and tries to give solutions that can provide maximum equipment, but at affordable rates. MEM experience, when clubbed with the naïve hospital owners, offer budget-friendly solutions.
No, definitely not.
Medical equipment planning is considered not only good for the new hospitals but also for the already existing hospitals.
Medical equipment planning is required for all whether small, medium or large-sized hospitals. A perfect blend of traditional processes, innovative vision, and multiple resources. Medical equipment planning provides an overall project managing skills.
An outstanding Medical equipment planning service providers take care of the equipment that a hospital should have in order to world-class services to its patients and visitors as well.
7.How medical equipment Help hospitals and clinicians for business growth?
Possession of good and updated medical equipment directly influence clients or we say patients’ mind-set and their confidence in the hospital.
There isa direct relationship between patient care and medical equipment. Almost all treatment modalities require medical equipment in some form or the other.
Revenue generation of a hospital also depends a lot on the performance of good and qualitative medical equipments
Medical equipments provide few basic benefits that directly help hospitals and clinics towards their business growth:
Most of the hospitals provide the list of medical equipments that their inventory posses. This gives a clear idea to the patient/visitor about the services that a particular hospital can offer.
Quality medical equipment represents the quality of services and care. It blends well with the branding of the hospital and its performance
There is a distinct advantage that a good medical equipment has that affects patient management. Quality care is directly proportional to good clinicians and staff and the associated medical equipments that assists them in patient care
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A high-level committee headed by Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya is proposing the scrapping of Medical Council of India (MCI) and replacing it with the National Medical Commission (NMC).
Besides Mr Panagariya, the panel, which is looking into the issue of poor regulation of medical education by MCI, includes Prime Minister’s Additional Principal Secretary PK Mishra, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Health Secretary Bhahanu Pratap Sharma.
“The committee has firmed up its decision to scrap the MCI and replace it with the NMC, which will take over all its responsibilities. The main objective behind this is to end the inspector raj in the medical field in the country,” a senior government official said.
NMC will become the main regulatory body and will take over all roles and responsibilities of the MCI, he said.
Another important aspect is that the new body will have eminent doctors and experts from related fields to suggest the direction that should be given to medical education in the country so as to ensure that the quality of education is at par with global standards, the official added.
“The committee met for numerous times and held detailed discussions on how to create a world-class professional structure of the new body. Consultations were held with a lot of eminent doctors, office holders of the MCI, former Health Secretaries and medical officers from the states,” he said.
Confirming the development, another senior government official said that the work on the restructuring is “more than half way through” on the draft.
The biggest change will be that in the existing MCI, the members are elected and it has created the biggest problem as eminent doctors did not get a chance to participate in workings of the MCI, the official said.
Another suggestion that the high-level panel is making is that the regulators in the new body will be selected and will not be elected.
This selection will be done by a high level Search-cum-Selection committee, which will be a transparent process and will work on bringing the best.
NMC will have around 19-20 members and their tenure will be about five years. It will also have members from other fields such as economics, law, etc in a bid to inculcate more professionalism in the body, he said.
“It will have a chairman as well as there will be four Boards — Under Graduate Medical Board, Post Graduate Medical Board, Accreditation and Assessment Board and a board for registration of medical colleges as well monitoring of the ethics in the profession,” the official said.
These boards will be given autonomy and they will work on the fields for which they are formed.
Only 18 hospitals in the State have the board’s recognition
Although Karnataka is renowned the world over as a medical tourism hub, only 18 hospitals in the State are recognised by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
NABH accreditation is a public recognition of the achievement of accreditation standards by a healthcare organisation. It is awarded following an independent external peer assessment of that organisation’s level of performance in patient safety and related standards.
Although 15 of the 18 hospitals are from the city, it is unfortunate that there is not much awareness about NABH accreditation here, said K.K. Kalra, Chief Executive Officer, NABH.
Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Karnataka Health Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the city, Mr. Kalra said: “Although some hospitals from Bangalore were the first ones to get accredited after the NABH was formed in 2005, awareness about accreditation here is still low. There are hundreds of hospitals in Bangalore and each one of them should have the responsibility for quality patient care. We want more hospitals to come forward and get accredited,” Mr. Kalra said.
In fact, only 173 hospitals across the country (including 18 small healthcare organisations) have got NABH recognition, and 521 are in the process of getting accreditation. This is only a fraction of the total number of hospitals in the country, he said.
Giving details, he said 49 blood banks, two dental hospitals and six Ayush hospitals have got the NABH accreditation so far in the country.
Explaining the importance of accreditation, Mr. Kalra said it is a model of external evaluation used by healthcare entities across the world to regulate, improve and promote quality healthcare services. “Quality health systems lead to patient safety and public satisfaction,” he said, adding that the NABH had a local assessor in Bangalore to coordinate with hospitals.
The summit included sessions on ‘Healthcare investment opportunities in Karnataka’ by M. Maheshwar Rao, Commissioner of Industrial Development, and ‘Primary Healthcare’ by Santanu Chattopadhyay of the Nationwide Primary Healthcare Services. Presentations on infrastructure availability of healthcare manpower and current healthcare ecosystem in India were also part of the summit.
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