The increase in chronic illnesses and the flooding of public hospitals does not augur well for both patients and health practitioners alike. Setting up a private laboratory could ease the backlog of work at public laboratories and increase efficiencies in terms of excellent customer care relationships and faster response times. Depending on your reputation, private clinics may make referrals for patients who need testing and this will boost your business. Starting a lab from scratch would require the following;
Draft a plan
Drawing a blueprint of your ideal business is a prerequisite in all business start-ups. To develop a realistic or fundable plan, it’s crucial to have some background in lab work or have studied biochemistry. Its also easier when you have prior knowledge on the policies and requirements governing this type of business. Have your experiences and what motivated you to start up the lab outline in the summary of your plan. This will be used as a tool for analyzing and monitoring your progress. Donors or funding institutions would also want to know why they should invest their resources in your start up.
Have a brief but vivid description of how your business will impact the lives of others and the B2B relations that will emerge from that as a whole. Indicate what competitive advantage you will have in comparison to other established labs. It is also important to point out your primary target market and the availability of the market as well. Your market analysis should be in line with local or country regulations on standard lab operations, ethics and customer relations.
Structuring your organizational chart will help you in the staffing process and have a clear illustration of the channels of communication that will be established. Also, mention your sales and marketing strategy and risk mitigation steps. Expected gross profits and expenses should also be included on your financials. In the funding section, state your current financial position and be open about any further funding that will be required in the future for expansion. After drafting the plan, decide on which business structure to adopt with the help of legal medical practitioners.
Setting up a lab will require financing from its onset and most likely after a few years. This is because of the ever-changing dynamics in medicine, variation in the treatment of illnesses and the continuous significant studies meant to enhance human life. You will require funding for renting or leasing laboratory space, purchase or lease of equipment, insurance,and operational costs. When it comes to insurance,multiple insurance agencies are offering different types of covers for medics, patients and lab premises.
Procuring used lab equipment is comparatively cheaper than getting a new one. You can get a second-hand lab machine from charity at a relatively small price or through auctions from online websites selling used machinery. Always conduct thorough background checks to evaluate the reputation of your seller. Professional lab equipment dealers will provide service records and inform you of any faults or damages on the machine. Purchasing used equipment will also require putting into consideration whether there is a warranty extended for your machine. Asking for quotes from multiple vendors is a sure way of buying at an ideal price.
If you need an ample supply of referrals from doctors and other practitioners in your field, it is important to source for a site that is close to them for ease of access by patients. The original space should also provide you with the perimeters for expansion in the future. Also, put into consideration the area for the lab equipment. Stand-alone equipment should have usable space around it and make it easier for people to move around. Space is also necessary to avoid contamination of specimens,and a class of equipment testing a particular sample should be allocated the same area in the lab.
The success of any business is mostly dependent on employee qualification, experience, skill level,and motivation. Have information on the certifications required of medical staff.
Software for customer database that captures their personal information, medical history and results will optimize your customer relations and make it easier for patients to access their test results and share with their doctors remotely.