First things first, I’d like to clarify that we are not vets, and we definitely aren’t experts in diagnostic veterinary equipment. But we are experts in technical systems, IT infrastructure and the ecosystem within which you need all of your technology (including diagnostic equipment) to work.
For the past 15 years we have worked alongside the Veterinary industry, with Practices who are just starting out to those that have been going for years and who just need a bit of a ‘technology refresh’. We help them to decide what technology will work best for their practice, facilitate the sourcing and installation of this tech, then we manage it in the background so that they don’t have to. They are free to concentrate on delivering the best patient care they possibly can.
So it’s safe to say that when it comes to the diagnostic equipment you are putting in your practice we are experts in the ‘habitat’ in which it needs to function. It might be your first time picking diagnostic equipment, maybe your third or fourth, but we have helped practice managers, practice owners and partners with this decision hundreds of times and we’ve picked up a few tips or ‘Technical Considerations’ along the way that we would like to share with you in this article.
There are a number of basic considerations around picking diagnostic equipment that aren’t simply ‘which one do we want’. Like we said before, we aren’t experts so we aren’t able to tell you which to choose, but remember this technology doesn’t work in a vacuum, it sits within your practice infrastructure, which means that there are basic tech questions you need to ask yourself when you are making this choice to ensure that you are able to get the most from your investment. The last thing you want is to find out that the money you have spent has been wasted on expensive equipment that just doesn’t quite work for you or your team.
Below we’ve highlighted some questions you should be asking throughout your decision-making process:
Hopefully this article will give you a bit of context for your decision and allow you to make an informed choice that will work well for your practice. You might not always get the correct answer from a diagnostic equipment vendor (they are looking for the sale after all), so if in doubt contact an IT expert with experience of working with vets, as they should be able to advise what will work for your specific circumstance.
As always, if you have any questions our team of Veterinary IT Experts are here to help, you can book in a chat with them at a time that suits you using the button below.