Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program

Q.  Which of the following is true regarding Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program (BMMP)?
- Published on 20 Dec 16

a. Outsource maintenance of equipment
b. Train a dedicated workforce that handles maintenance
c. Train hospital employees in equipment maintenance
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Outsource maintenance of equipment
Under BMMP, support is being provided to the State governments to outsource medical equipment maintenance comprehensively for all the equipment across all the facilities.

On the instructions of the Health Ministry, a massive exercise to map the inventory of all bio-medical equipment was undertaken, including their functionality status.

The mapping was successfully completed in 29 States resulting in 7,56,750 numbers of equipment in 29,115 health facilities costing approximately Rs 4564 Crores being identified.

It was also noted that equipment in range of 13% to 34% was found to be dysfunctional across states.

The implementation of Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program (BMMP) has helped in improving diagnostics services in health facilities, thereby reducing cost of care and improving the quality of care in public health facilities.

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