The priority of every good medical solution should be the patient. For a device to be truly patient-centric, it must prioritize a patient’s care and safety above all else. In a climate of ever-rising healthcare costs, balancing cost and quality becomes more challenging, and more critical, than ever. SourceMark Medical offers a unified solution to these concerns through high-quality, affordable, and patient-centric devices. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of patient-centric devices in modern healthcare, the tug-of-war between quality and cost, and SourceMark’s approach to affordable excellence.
The Landscape of Patient-Centric Devices
Patient-centric care leads overwhelmingly to positive patient outcomes. Prior to widespread recognition of its importance, data reflects significantly higher readmissions to hospitals after treatment, with an estimated $17 billion spent annually on return hospital trips that would not be necessary if patients had received proper care in the first place.
Clinicians who implement innovative, patient-centric devices like digital medicine platforms and other digital health technology encourage patients to be active participants in their own care. Customer-centric care empowers higher levels of patient engagement, greater adherence to medical advice and treatment, and better outcomes overall. Yet despite growing acknowledgment of its impact, significant hurdles remain in the way of widely adopting a patient-centric approach—namely the push-pull between cost and quality.
The Importance of Balancing Cost and Quality
When organizations compromise quality in favor of cost, the consequences are not just dire—they’re potentially deadly. To reduce expenses, manufacturers may cut corners in terms of materials, design, or testing processes, risking the reliability and effectiveness of medical devices. This compromise could lead to device malfunctions, inaccurate readings, or even adverse health effects for patients. Such incidents not only jeopardize patient well-being but can also result in increased healthcare costs due to additional treatments or interventions to address complications arising from substandard devices.
On the other hand, when healthcare devices are prohibitively expensive, it places undue financial burden on both patients and healthcare systems. Patients may struggle to afford necessary devices, possibly leading to delayed or inadequate medical care. Healthcare systems, burdened by the high costs, may face challenges in providing widespread access to critical devices, impacting the overall quality of care.
Striking a balance between cost and quality is crucial for ensuring that healthcare devices are both effective and affordable. This equilibrium contributes to improved accessibility, as more patients can afford and benefit from essential devices, better healthcare outcomes, and a more sustainable healthcare system overall.
The SourceMark Approach to Affordable Excellence
At SourceMark, we’re committed to innovating the clinical experience through high-quality, patient-centric, and affordable solutions. We believe you should never have to sacrifice quality or cost-effectiveness, because the best medical devices fulfill both requirements while prioritizing patient care and safety. SourceMark offers a wide range of superior, patient-centric products from airway management to surgical equipment and infection prevention—each designed to reduce costs and improve outcomes.
The SourceMark ASTOPAD™ is a reusable patient warming system that prioritizes the patient from start to finish. Safe and easy to operate, the ASTOPAD™ includes independently controlled connections for precise temperature regulation, and comfortable warming blankets that can be placed over or underneath the patient. The ASTOPAD™ delivers continuous warming for every stage of the perioperative journey thanks to a battery-operated, portable system that can travel with the patient from pre-op to surgery to recovery. This ensures that the patient remains safe, comfortable, and warm throughout their entire surgical journey.
SourceMark’s reusable tourniquet cuffs combine efficacy, patient safety, and affordability in a similar way. Thanks to the cuff’s autoclaving technology, clinicians can quickly and reliably sterilize them without waiting for 3rd party sterilization, making the cuffs immediately available for re-use. Their reusable nature makes them an economical and sustainable choice, while the autoclaving feature puts the patient first by enabling a safe, clean, and sterile environment before every tourniquet application.
Finally, SourceMark’s topical skin adhesives are a cost-effective and patient-friendly method for managing wounds without needles or stitches. Skin glues are typically used to close superficial wounds by adhering tissue edges together and forming a protective barrier against infection. Application is quick and doesn’t involve sutures or anesthesia, making it considerably less stressful for younger patients and more cost effective for their families and clinicians alike. Topical skin adhesives go on easy and dry quickly, providing flexible, secure, and waterproof wound closure.
The Future of Patient-Centric Devices
The field of patient-centric devices is witnessing a rapid evolution. Advanced wearables, remote monitoring devices, and AI-driven diagnostics are becoming integral parts of care, allowing patients to actively participate in managing their health. SourceMark is committed to staying at the forefront of innovation while ensuring affordability in an evolving landscape. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, we continue to offer high-quality, patient-centric devices that meet rigorous standards while remaining accessible to all. This commitment contributes to a technologically advanced, inclusive, and patient-centered healthcare environment, improving overall outcomes across diverse communities.
Our range of high-quality, patient-centric, and affordable solutions, such as ASTOPAD™, reusable tourniquet cuffs, and topical skin adhesives, exemplify our dedication to bridging the gap between accessibility and innovation while prioritizing patient safety and cost-effectiveness. We invite you to explore our wide catalogue of patient-centric solutions and become part of a future where cutting-edge technologies contribute to better healthcare accessibility and improved outcomes for all.
We’re ready to help deliver positive patient experiences and better clinical outcomes. Get in touch with us for more information about our innovative and cost-effective solutions.