The Hidden Agenda: How OEM Inefficiencies Cost Hospitals More

OEM vs Emeritus

One important, but frequently disregarded, component in the complex web of healthcare operations is hospital bed maintenance. The seamless operation of hospital beds and other medical equipment is critical to providing high-quality patient care behind the scenes. But a deeper look uncovers a hidden issue: Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs’) inefficiency and the hidden expenses they impose on hospitals. Healthcare facilities face severe financial hardship as a result of OEMs’ frequent preference for profit over operational performance, despite their invaluable contributions.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are crucial to hospitals, but they frequently have no motivation to put cost effectiveness or cost efficiency first, which drives up costs. The OEM business model, which is painstakingly designed to maximize profits rather than promote cost savings or optimize hospital operations, is at the core of the problem. Hospital costs continue to rise as a result of expensive maintenance strategies and emphasis on replacement over repair. Cost differences become apparent when comparing OEM services to those offered by alternative service providers, raising concerns about the viability of depending only on OEM services.

The preference of OEM practices for module-level repairs over more cost-effective component-level diagnostics is one of the most obvious inefficiencies in their operations. Hospitals incur extra costs as a result of this preference for expensive part replacements, which exacerbates their financial burden.

Hospital operations are often challenged by OEM inefficiencies, which extend beyond financial implications. The critical need to reevaluate the hospital bed program becomes apparent when equipment failures and service delays jeopardize patient care and strain hospital resources. The current landscape, characterized by OEMs’ dominant position and a shortage of competitive pressures, offers little motivation for cost-saving measures. Consequently, hospitals find themselves in a cycle of dependency on OEM services, seeking avenues to navigate and improve their operational efficiencies.

The shortcomings in OEM training and knowledge transfer activities exacerbate the problem even more. OEMs can obstruct hospitals’ capacity to develop internal expertise and manage their own maintenance needs by fostering a culture of dependency. In the face of these obstacles, in-house maintenance and third-party service providers show themselves to be competitive substitutes for OEM services. They not only have the potential to save money, but they also give hospitals more freedom and flexibility in how they manage their equipment.

As hospitals face the issues of equipment maintenance, Emeritus stands out as a reliable and cost-effective solution. By working with us, healthcare facilities may break free from inefficient OEM contracts and embrace personalized solutions that optimize operations and save money. Emeritus is prepared to change the standard of equipment maintenance in the healthcare environment by committing to quality and offering comprehensive maintenance programs. Contact us at to discover a better route forward.