Moving Forward with Medical Device Customers in a Pandemic
When COVID-19 hit, many hospitals stopped performing elective surgeries and limited procedures to prepare for the pandemic. For some medical device customers, that shift meant missing out on annual contracts with some hospitals that forwent upgrading equipment and devices during the freeze.
That said, it doesn’t mean UMC manufacturing projects have been on hold—far from it. The pace has changed, but it has also created space for us to show up in other ways to support and serve medical device manufacturers as they prepare for what’s ahead.
Orders Coming in Strong
Just because medical device partners had to miss some hospitals’ budget cycles doesn’t mean they’re sitting idle. Many are ramping up, ready to jump in at the next window of opportunity. When a hospital upgrades a system, they transition the entire hospital at once, so every piece of old hardware must be replaced. Medical device manufacturers are preparing for a spike when hospitals ramp back up, and we’re helping them adjust their projections and purchasing and production plans accordingly.
More Replacement Work
Because hospitals have held back on upgrading, orders are coming in for replacement parts for existing devices, instruments, and implants. Some manufacturers are taking this time to reevaluate underperforming partners and have tapped UMC to take over production on some of their programs, looking to improve quality, cost, and delivery.
Making the Short List
The global pandemic has caused many medical device manufacturers to reevaluate their supply chains and identify partners that can help minimize risk. UMC’s history of delivering consistent, reliable quality for more than 50 years has landed us on the list of vetted and preferred partners for several top-performing medical device manufacturers.
Our growing partnerships during the pandemic highlight the value our customers place on our dedication and commitment to helping them meet their objectives, no matter what lies ahead. We’re honored by these relationships, the business that they bring, and the impact they have on people’s lives.