Medical Logistics 101
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on healthcare practices, staff and processes. If you don’t already outsource your medical logistics, now may be the time to act. This article will help you better understand what medical logistics includes and how it can help your business.
What Does Medical Logistics Cover?
A third party logistics (3PL) team experienced in medical logistics should have the expertise necessary to provide every service you need related to logistics, supply chain management, transportation and more.
A 3PL team with specialist knowledge of the healthcare industry should be able to offer services including:
- Transportation, handling and moving of high value medical equipment.
- Set up of new facilities and installation of new medical equipment.
- Relocation services for hospitals, laboratories and other healthcare facilities.
- Warehousing and inventory management services.
From keeping track of inventory to installing high value medical equipment in a temporary facility, a medical logistics provider should be able to support your team with all related services.
How Can Medical Logistics Help My Team?
Choosing to work with a trusted medical logistics team can greatly improve your processes. Here are just a few of the most common reasons to choose to work with a medical 3PL.
Flexibility to Meet Your Needs
One of the great things about working with a 3PL is that you can pick and choose from the services you need. Your 3PL team should have the experience and ability to provide all related services, and be able to increase and decrease the services they provide for you as and when required. Next time you need to send or receive PPE urgently or need to open a temporary facility due to an influx of patients, your 3PL will be by your side to help make this happen as efficiently as possible, and have the flexibility to meet your needs.
Save Time and Money
Your team is doing essential work. Give your internal team members the time they need to focus on their areas of expertise. A professional 3PL will be able to use its expertise to get the job done quickly and streamline processes.
Working with a 3PL can also help you save money. 3PLs may also benefit from preferred pricing and know how and when to negotiate.
Combined Medical and Logistics Expertise
Choose a 3PL team with specialist healthcare experience. It is essential that you feel you can trust your 3PL team to handle, deliver, move and install high value equipment and have an understanding of your industry.
A 3PL will have logistics expertise that your internal team can’t match. If you choose a 3PL with medical logistics experience, they will be able to combine their medical industry insight with their knowledge of logistics to provide optimal support and help you move towards more efficient processes.
We specialize in medical equipment logistics and medical relocations. Contact Beltmann Integrated Logistics today to learn more.