How to Write a Medical Equipment Management Plan

By Matthew F. Baretich, P.E., Ph.D.

The Medical Equipment Management Plan (MEMP) is a roadmap for medical technology management departments. It’s a requirement for Joint Commission accreditation, but other accreditation organizations have similar requirements and terminology. The good news is that we get to create our own roadmaps, as long as we stay within Joint Commission rules.

The MEMP is also a great way to communicate the good work we do — to the people we report to, to professional colleagues in our healthcare organizations, and to our future selves after we have traveled the winding roads of our day-to-day activities. It also gives structure to the annual Environment of Care program evaluations that are also required by the Joint Commission.

My recommendations on this topic have been published as a feature article in February 2016 edition of 24×7 magazine. My intent was to provide practical suggestions about how to write a good MEMP (or update the current one). It’s based on my conversations with Joint Commission surveyors and my experiences as a clinical engineering consultant reading all-star MEMPs, no-star MEMPs, and everything in between. I hope you find it useful.

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