When it comes time to ask for more help or make other department adjustments, how do you make a case for your requests? Benchmarking can help a department measure essential duties and the amount of time it takes to perform these tasks, and the documented information lends support to requests. In the past it has been difficult for clinical/biomedical engineering departments to measure their performance against other clinical/biomedical engineering department due to the variables involved. Recently, AAMI and ECRI Institute released new or enhanced biomed benchmarking tools to aid departments.
Has your department purchased these tools? If not, what’s your best practice for analyzing how well your department is utilizing its resources? If you’ve created your own system we’d love to know. Your comments are welcome.