4 Reasons to Automate the Cath Lab Supply Chain
Clinical personnel in the Cath Lab tend to be very involved in supply chain processes. The management of medical supplies often falls under the responsibility of these staff members, who have no efficient tools at their disposal to manage inventories, nor do material management staff have an accurate overview of the demand. The status of the Cath Lab as a key revenue generator for the hospital underlines the importance of cost containment, charge capture and optimizing processes in its supply chain.
Automation represents a significant opportunity to achieve quantifiable gains by improving workflows, streamlining charge capture processes and releasing valuable resources by addressing the following problems:
1. Inefficient supply management / Inaccurate or unavailable inventory
Difficulty locating supplies and managing inventory levels are likely derivatives of ineffective supply management; systems to manage stock, non-stock and high-value supplies are often lacking due to imprecise identification of products in storage areas and a lack of information listed on the requisition tools (quota, type, storage location, etc.). The time spent managing these products, already considerable, is increased through largely manual processes.
2. Cath Lab personnel involved in manual data entry
The management of consumable supplies, especially the high value items, represents a challenge for the Cath Lab department. Cath Lab personnel spend an inordinate amount of time checking expiry dates, manually entering lot numbers, patient file information and dates (order, receiving, and expiry) and requisitioning supply needs via fax or computer. The burden of these manual processes lowers productivity and runs the risk of human error, both of which negatively affect the bottom line. By introducing automated processes, information flows can be easily captured and activities delegated to non-clinical personnel.
3. Imbalances in inventory and consignment liability
Managing consignment inventory is often a cumbersome, time-consuming and error prone process. Despite the procedures in place, the human element of manually capturing consumption lends itself to the risk of inventory imbalances and missed charges. The discrepancy that can result between actual consumed items and those that have been accurately associated to a patient’s file may be significant, and could represent a costly liability for the Cath Lab.
4. Fragmented consumption data leading to waste and lost revenue
Whether stock, non-stock or consigned supplies are being consumed, when hospitals have no tools to provide them with an overview of actual consumption, the integrity of consumption data suffers. This fragmented system leads to waste, expiry, non-captured revenue, and in turn, reduced margin performance.
Why choose Logi-D?
The Logi-D CL solution suite has been designed to respond to the universal challenges facing Cath Lab leadership in today’s healthcare environment. By leveraging leading technologies and applying best practice methodologies into integrated workflows, Logi-D helps to resolve the financial burden associated with inaccuracies in manual transcriptions, inconsistencies in inventory records, losses from non-captured revenue, and waste from poor expiry management.
Logi-D is attuned to standard key performance indicators in the Cath Lab, but also understands that working with a hospital’s user groups and stakeholders is a crucial underpinning for success. In jointly analyzing the current state, identifying areas for improvement, and developing a plan for a desired future state, Logi-D has the expertise and the track record to reliably deliver measurable gains.
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