Dear healthcare professionals and patients in Bermuda,
Some goals can materialize with nothing less than an effective, sustained team effort. I believe that medical technology and equipment suppliers, healthcare providers and patients have a common goal - better health.
Better health is a three-legged stool. The first leg is the patient's effort - to lead a healthy lifestyle, to see a doctor regularly and to be adherent to treatments. The second leg is healthcare providers - physicians, nurses and other specialists. Your knowledge, dedication, skills and empathy are critical for everyone's health.
The third leg is medical technology. From stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and syringes to vital signs monitors, laboratory analyzers and diagnostic imaging devices, medical equipment must be user-friendly, safe and effective.
Not all medical technology fulfills these requirements. Without detailed and continuously updated knowledge of the medical device marketplace, traps are difficult to avoid. Shoddy quality, poor accuracy, lack of regulatory approval and outright unsafe operation are just some of the issues permeating the industry.
Despite these traps, the third leg of the stool must be rock-solid in order for health outcomes to be optimal. How does Lighthouse Medical achieve this?
- We work with only the most technologically advanced, most reliable manufacturers. Most of them are based in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, USA and Japan. Examples include Rudolph Riester, Schiller, Philips Respironics, Medline, Sysmex and Pentax Medical.
- We read scientific research studies. Many medical products undergo clinical evaluation studies after market approval, including comparative effectiveness studies. We carefully hand-pick medical products for sale and distribution in Bermuda, while an average distributor does not research deeper than what the manufacturer promises.
- We understand the needs of healthcare providers and patients. With a physician handling our medical affairs, we understand the needs of both healthcare workers and patients much better than an average distributor.
As I wrote down that last point, I realized that the three-legged stool of better health could be even stronger. To achieve this, there must be support bars between the three legs. For example, medical equipment provider such as us must support both the healthcare staff and patients. This interconnected healthcare model could perform extremely well.
Leading our organization to be a pillar of better health and a strong supporter of partner organizations is my job, honor and privilege. I will carry out this mission for all Bermuda.
Yana W. Swainson
Chief Executive Officer
Lighthouse Medical Supplies, Ltd.