Healthcare Supply Chain Management
Improve care and reduce costs with an improved supply chain management processes
Having accurate inventory control can improve the productivity of medical staff and ensure proper care and treatment of patients. Hospitals are a busy environment that requires having important medication and medical supplies available to them at all times.
Automate your manual processes
Automating your healthcare facilities inventory management will reduce manual data entry which is prone to error and takes up valuable staff time on non-optimally productive activities.
Less paperwork and the use of mobile computers such as Zebra TC51-HC or MC40-HC employing wireless connections, RFID, and barcode technology will enhance both your visibility of stock and increase the accuracy of stock.
The process starts with the accurate capturing of data from the outset to reduce costs, this can be achieved by using data capturing technologies such as Zebra DS8100 scanner and Zebra TC51-HC mobile computer – that data, with VisionID’s solution, will help you manage your inventory, forecast demand, handle recall management among many other benefits.
What did improving supply chain management mean to Dijon University Hospital in France?
- Warehouse productivity went up by 40%
- Care unit storage capacity improved by 30%
- Item obsolescence reduced by 80%
- On-hand stock reduced by 60%
Drive efficiency and patient satisfaction
According to Gartner research, successful supply chain management systems will either add profit of between 2 and 7% to your healthcare organisation (or result in an effective increase in funding through savings for public sector healthcare providers).
Because you now know what your healthcare facility needs to spend more precisely and the times you need to make those purchases, you benefit from lower delivery costs (as one big order replaces lots of smaller multiple orders based upon inaccurate stocking information) and money not being tied up in inventory that was not needed at a particular moment in time.
An ordering system triggered by real-time information based on need will also mean that purchases of medical equipment, drugs, and so on will be made well in advance of a situation where you may run out. Patients will have the peace of mind knowing that, when they come for a treatment, they will receive that treatment on the day and at the time promised, increased patient satisfaction levels.
According to Cardinal Health, doctors and nurses spend 20% of their time on supply chain and inventory management issues – this is time they could spend tending to the needs of patients, carrying out research, on continuous professional development, and other opportunities.
Healthcare supply chain management
Optimising your supply chain affords your healthcare facilities the opportunity to improve its patient care, lower its costs, and to be certain that your future supply needs will be met through intelligent tracking of the goods you buy and use.
Maintaining high inventory levels has been a problem that healthcare facilities have had for decades – no efficient and reliable system had previously been devised to measure inventory and, because you’re dealing with people’s health, purchasers correctly erred on the side of caution and over-ordered. Operationally and financially, this puts facilities in your sector at a disadvantage as you are often overstocked and the lack of a predictable ordering pattern with your suppliers also inadvertently increased their costs.
Barcodes, barcode printers, RFID, and QR tools married to a facility with staff trained to use the system and equipped with handheld PDAs and mobile computers linked up to an intelligent and predictive software system will make your facility more efficient (financially and in your internal processes) and better able to provide the level of care and attention to your patients.
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