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CMMS in the health sector meets the demands of the biomedical sector

CMMS in the health sector meets the demands of the biomedical sector

Wednesday 16 march 2022

It is in the field of industry that CMMS has acquired its credentials. CMMS in the health sector is one of them. The health sector is very sensitive in terms of compliance with regulations and the monitoring of health care equipment. Patients, as consumers of medical examinations or medicines, demand a high level of performance from the medical establishments that receive them.

Although there are many other areas of application for CMMS, the stakes involved in people's health mean that in this field, maintenance must be particularly high quality, requiring the use of a modern, high-performance CMMS.

A health CMMS, specific to the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors

The 21st century has seen an explosion in the number of patients who use medicines. Chronic pain, psychological discomfort, allergies... the consumption of medication is on the rise. It was time for biomedical and pharmaceutical establishments to finally use CMMS to meet the challenges of the pharmaceutical industry.

The challenges associated with the use of CMMS in this field are of several kinds, including

  • Standards and regulations must be respected
  • The preventive and corrective maintenance of healthcare equipment must ensure the lowest possible incidence of breakdowns. The objective is to maintain a high level of availability of medical equipment

The biomedical sector is constantly innovating

If there is one sector that is constantly evolving, it is the biomedical sector. The pharmaceutical industry has made considerable progress in recent decades. Particularly since the health crisis, viruses and other bacteria are being studied under the electron microscope to provide patients with quality care. The pharmaceutical and biomedical industry is constantly innovating. Today, it generates huge costs. This sector is one of the most regulated, both in terms of the operation of research, the production system and its distribution network.

A CMMS for quality control implementation

The pharmaceutical industry has a duty of care towards its drug-consuming customers. The work on chemical molecules must be carried out according to drastic standards. Patients have quality and safety requirements for the products they consume as part of their care. Regulations for biomedical establishments come from several levels: the source country, the European Union and even worldwide, such as the ISO 22 000 standard. Food standards such as HACCP (Codex Alimentarius) may also be applied.

CMMS for medical maintenance equipment

The e-health sector has seen the emergence of numerous robotized and connected medical devices. Each one more innovative than the last, their ambition is to treat, evaluate, compare or diagnose, in order to provide patients with the appropriate care.

CMMS in the medical sector is therefore on the rise. Maintenance management software for this cutting-edge equipment must be efficient. They allow better planning of each preventive maintenance intervention for medical equipment. Their functionalities allow them to limit equipment breakdowns within healthcare institutions.

Medical devices and their maintenance

Medical institutions have equipment called medical devices. They have various objectives such as diagnosing, controlling, operating... Some older generation equipment is automated (MRI, scanners, medical beds). Others, of the new generation, are connected for a better sharing of the information they deliver.
Managing the maintenance of these medical devices is an imperative for hospital staff. The maintenance technicians must carry out the technical interventions that are essential for their proper functioning. They must also ensure, thanks to CMMS software, that they have spare parts for each piece of equipment in case of technical breakdowns.

Medical device maintenance and regulations

Not all medical devices are treated equally in terms of manufacturing control and maintenance. They are classified according to their level of danger in relation to their use.

  • Devices outside the human body, such as bandages, crutches or eyeglasses
  • Devices outside the human body, but in contact with liquids, such as sterile compresses or contact lenses
  • Health care and surgical devices, such as dialysis machines or intrauterine devices
  • Surgical devices such as prostheses or implants

Their maintenance is subject to articles R5212-5 and R5212-25 of the Public Health Code. The implementation of a maintenance policy in medical establishments is thus required by regulation. The implementation of this maintenance strategy is greatly facilitated by an efficient CMMS solution adapted to the medical activity. The choice of the CMMS tool must be made according to the software's ability to organize maintenance data.

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