FEATURED: POINT OF VIEW
Senior vice president and general manager
Medical Services and Solutions,
This year at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition, we saw connectivity as the key to moving the healthcare community "Onward" toward a value-based care model focused on efficiencies and outcomes. End-to-end, the show floor brought innovation to life and demonstrated the real-life impact of information technology on healthcare.
Exhibits, galleries and pavilions spanning the show floor reiterated the need for connectivity amongst manufacturers, service providers, caregivers and the patient. With each kiosk, demo, and conversation, it was clear to participants that connectivity must occur in a way that is intuitive and realistic to encourage patients to participate in their care decisions and adopt related wellness initiatives.
That sense of connectivity was evident at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion, a forum simulating real-life, hospital environment scenarios. There, a tour from the supply room to the emergency room, through the operating room and into recovery provided a practical overview of how innovative technologies are seamlessly integrated to enhance patient care, optimize workflow and manage resources.
Margarita Rivera from Florida Hospital provided testament to that with her account of how RFID technology helped her system more effectively manage the visibility, usability, traceability and sustainability of $5 million of product ─ nearly 3,000 SKUs/models of 7,500 physician preference products from 36 vendors in all. And all to the tune of nearly $2 million in bulk savings.
As a provider of inventory management services, we understand the power of end-to-end product visibility and the role powerful analytics play in helping provider teams to streamline workflow, reduce waste, better manage recalls and enhance patient safety. By making the supply chain the initial point of connectivity in healthcare, we can enable providers to focus more time on what matters most-the patient.
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