How IT Helps Solve the Biggest Healthcare Inventory Management Problems
Hospitals across the world are dealing with the problem of understaffing, rising costs, volatile customer demand, and complicated payment mechanisms. Battling these huge issues, most healthcare firms tend to view inventory management as less than mission critical, and thereby relegate it to an ancillary function.
But most healthcare organizations need to order, store, and use a large stack of specialized equipment and materials. In this context, poor inventory management practices have a noticeably adverse impact on the working of a hospital – the staff ends up spending
Biggest Challenges of Inventory Management in Healthcare
Legacy IT systems or even semi-manual inventory management, multiple storage locations with unreliable distribution mechanisms, lack of collaboration between different departments and branches, and lack of inventory visibility leads to artificial scarcity on one side and expiring inventory on the other.
As can be seen, inefficient or outdated inventory management practices decrease the efficiency of healthcare organizations. However, most hospitals and clinics tend to focus on reducing costs and increasing output by improving revenue cycles and nurse productivity. The question that comes to fore is: how to improve inventory management without diverting too much time and effort to it.
- System-wide visibility and instant visibility of inventory
- Easily accessible records of payments
- Highly-effective demand forecasting
- Automatic or semi-automatic purchasing
- Timely and accurate reports on all kinds of inventory
Needless to say, all these things become possible only when the system is customized to suit the specific needs of the organization. Once such a system is customized and integrated with your processes and IT systems, the benefits are enormous:
1) Manual Errors Eliminated, Effort Reduced:
With the shift from manual or semi-manual processes to automated processes of recording inventory-related information, the major portion of manual errors are eliminated. By using RFID, barcodes and other methods, the data is automatically gathered and recorded at different stages of the supply chain, which also reduces the need for human effort.
2) Costly Assets Protected:
Many medical instruments
3) Inventory Loss Curtailed:
Inventory loss due to stolen, misplaced or expired supplies is minimized when you integrate an inventory management software with existing systems. Better planning ensures that there is not a big gap between actual requirements and orders, while efficient tracking at every stage reduces
This is just a glimpse at how implementing and integrating an inventory management software can help any organization in the hospitality industry.
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