As patient care continues to move outside of acute-care facilities, there is a greater need for more patient-centered supply chains that can support the delivery of care wherever and whenever the patient needs it. “Care conducted in the ASC setting is moving to physicians’ offices, and services provided in physicians’ offices are moving to the home,” Hookom noted. “So the whole idea of where supplies are used is also migrating.”
Health systems that partner with their suppliers to use data and analytics to improve supply chain operations can not only achieve more strategic management of their non-acute settings, but also deliver better clinical outcomes. In fact, nearly 85% of providers and suppliers have indicated that integrating supply chain data with clinical data has become a strategic focus, according to a 2018 Healthcare Supply Chain Trends/Issues survey.
“By establishing those data sets with your clinical analysts for comparison and working with your suppliers to aggregate and analyze utilization data, you’ll realize the benefits to quality of care and the application of those products across patient populations,” Hookom said.
Analytics can bridge the gap between supply chain and patient outcomes. Using McKesson’s interactive business analytics dashboard, customers have shared with Hookom’s team at McKesson that the tools McKesson provides to clients is invaluable. “Customers tell us that their team has been able to help drive better operational efficiencies using these analytics and tools…including analytical intelligence to change or augment the overall supply chain process,” he stated. One customer uncovered a 20% savings opportunity through product conversion and standardization.1
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