Financial Considerations Is this a budgeted item? Who has purchase authority? Do GPO contracts apply? Are multiple quotes obtained and evaluated? Is there a trade in, or will equipment be removed for sale or disposal? Is there a cost associated with equipment removal or disposable? What is the life expectancy of the item? Is the equipment upgradeable? Are there disposable supplies used? Do disposables standardize or add new supply items? Do the disposables come in different sizes? What is the cost of disposables? Will this affect length of stay or reimbursements? Will this create a new patient charge item? Is a return on investment analysis needed? Can payments be extended to ROI received? Has a contract review been done by a third party contract review company? How does the pricing compare to the current market price? Is the best value leasing or purchasing? Is demo equipment available and acceptable? Is there a charity care program? Plant Services & Biomed Review Are additional utilities needed, if so, what are the installation requirements? Is there an additional cost for installation? Does this item require electric safety inspection? Does this item meet safety standards, such as fire code or other requirements? What is the size & weight of the equipment, and does this require special consideration? Examples are, does the item fit through the door or requiring special handling? What does the warranty cover, and how long is the warranty? What are the cost and terms of a service agreement? Are RF signals an issue? Has Biomed had a demo unit to test? Are Biomed training and service manuals included? Ist is tIsIhe cost of service manuals and training? Are loaners available? Is there dial up diagnostics available? Is the purchase of calibration testing equipment needed Information Systems Will this purchase need to interface to an existing system? Is there an interface cost? Are there references of a successful interface at another hospital? Is the existing IS infrastructure capable of handling this new purchase? Will there be additional hardware needs? What are the hardware specifications? Is there an additional cost for new hardware? What is the life expectancy of the hardware & software? How often are software upgrades released? How is the software supported? Will new software change hardware specifications and require new hardware to be purchased? Are there plans of to sunset software? Are there software license fees? Are there software support costs? Is there a cap on increases for software support? Is there a cost for on site training? Does this require training off site, and what is the cost? Is their additional training at a later date? Is there a cost for additional training? Is there a user group meeting? At what cost is the user group attendance Planning Is there a defined team leader? What is the estimated time of arrival & installation? Who will coordinate delivery of new equipment? Who will coordinate removal of old equipment? Who will coordinate installation of new equipment? Is rental equipment needed on a temporary basis? Are there special delivery requirements? Who will coordinate training on new equipment? Who will do the needed paperwork? Clinical Issues Does this equipment purchase fit in with existing types of equipment? Are clinical preferences an issue? What is the plan for clinical staff education? How often will the equipment be used? Will the equipment be shared with multiple departments? Will this require a policy change? Will this require changes in clinical practices or technique? Are there latex issues to be considered? What other hospitals use this product? Hazmat Are there hazardous waste issues? Are there hazardous waste costs? Are their cleaning issues or costs?