Choice is a wonderful thing. It gives us the freedom to explore almost endless options, allowing us to delve into a rich list of features and functions that can benefit us.

But choice can also be daunting. If you’re like me, it can sometimes become blinding, with all the options you can take overwhelming your ability to decide on one. In order to make a choice during these moments, it’s useful for us to be able to take a step back and review our requirements.

This article is designed to help you do this. From speaking to our customers, we know how diverse your requirements can be – especially when it comes to integrated medical devices. We provide a range of these devices, covering various diagnostic tests like lung capacity, blood pressure and heart function. So if you’re a small practice looking for a single solution or are alternatively wanting to roll out devices across multiple sites, we can help you to know what choice to make.

Some of the points we mention below may seem obvious, but by really drilling down into them, we can help to ensure you implement the right devices for you and your organisation.

Who will be using the devices?

Whether it’s GP’s, nurses, community health workers or even support staff, understanding exactly who will be using the device – and what level of clinical knowledge they have – is important.

It’s also worth thinking about how many people will be using the items. Remember, different devices have different licence models, which can be impacted upon by the number of users.

Finally, it’s also important to consider your patients here. There are a variety of different ways to obtain test results, depending on what devices you choose – so it’s essential you find devices that meet your patient’s needs.

Where will they be used?

“In the practice” is the obvious answer to this, but it’s also worth thinking about where exactly in the practice devices will be needed. Will it be in just one consultation room? Do the devices need to work throughout the whole practice, including the waiting room?

Then there’s community and mobile workers. Do the devices need to be easily packed away for transport? Will they need to connect with different supporting devices or do they need to work independently? And will they be used in patients’ homes?

There’s a whole host of options available, with various shapes, sizes and parts to choose from. So knowing exactly where these devices will be used makes a huge difference to the selection process.

How often will they be used?

Regularity of use can impact on many areas of the devices, so it’s important to keep this in mind when making a choice. You will need to manage wear and tear and know the service requirements of the device. Also take into consideration that you may need replacement parts in the future and that warranty levels vary depending on the manufacturer.

What are you looking to achieve from introducing new devices?

Integrated devices work in a number of unique ways and each will have different attributes suited to your needs. One thing to remember is that you will need to look at the way they can be introduced into your system. They vary in their level of integration and how long they take to set up, and each will have their own supporting software.

All will offer their own level of benefit around key areas, including improving accuracy, increasing efficiency, bettering patient care and helping to bring about joined-up working. By really understanding your desired outcomes, you can make sure you are selecting the right devices.

What systems do you want to integrate with?

This is the final question you have to ask yourself. As more and more practices are coming together in federations and super practices, and new models of care are merging different care settings, the way you work and the systems you need to use are constantly changing.

Whether you are transitioning from one system to another or managing an organisation using multiple systems, the way the device will integrate is a key consideration.

Next steps

If you’ve answered all of these questions and you now have a handle around your requirements, you’re well on the way to finding the right device for you.

You can find details of our range here. Alternatively, call us on 0845 124 5245 and one of our team will be happy to discuss your needs.