March 24, 2020

The Right to Repair debate has been going on since the early 2000’s with more and more independent service organizations (ISO’s) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) having much at stake for legislative outcomes.  What started as a movement geared towards the ability repair one’s own appliances or electronics, has now spread into broader sectors of industry including automotive, agriculture, and healthcare.  As consumers continue to acquire products from these industries and utilize them daily, the repetitive use of these products inherently over time requires repairs and updates to maintain proper functionality.  This is where it is crucial as consumers to have the choice on how to repair, whether it be with the OEM or ISO.   

The power of choice is what gives the market competitive pricing, consumer protection, and standards of quality that end users should be able to rely upon.  These are three key elements of focus for TRIMEDX as the right to repair debate proceeds further into discussion in the healthcare space.  As an ISO TRIMEDX is committed to bringing the best quality of repairs and maintenance to the health systems we serve, so that they have assurance their sites are run efficiently, and more importantly that their patients are safe.  Along with TRIMEDX, this commitment to quality and patient safety is shared by other leading ISO’s in healthcare with the formation of the Alliance for Quality Medical Device Servicing.  The Alliance aims to serve as a truly independent voice and advocate for healthcare providers, offering not only safe and effective service, but also an equipment agnostic perspective focused on improving safety, outcomes, and efficiency.  With their newly launched website (https://deviceservicingalliance.com), the Alliance aims to use this website as a resource of information and articles to help the public and governing bodies understand the crucial issues at stake with right to repair legislation. 

Recently the Alliance was in the news for their effort in working with the FDA to alleviate concerns that ISO’s are not held to the same standards as OEMs.  To read more about what the Alliance is doing to advance the cause of ISO’s please view the article from Inside Health Policy here.