LZ: Automation is key. Nearly half of our survey respondents, 49 percent, said that manual supply chain tasks negatively affect their productivity, but only 17 percent work in an organization that utilizes radio-frequency identification-enabled cabinetry, mobile and point-of-use solutions.1 Manual supply tracking is frustrating for clinicians and leads to data accuracy problems, but many health systems have yet to take the leap and adopt an automated inventory system. It's a great opportunity to streamline the supply chain.
Automation is also a great way to address cost concerns. In our survey, 81 percent of procedural department managers reported that their organizations had problems overutilizing or wasting supplies.1 A health system can reduce this unnecessary waste by first ensuring that usage data is accurate and comprehensive, which an automated inventory system utilizing RFID can help with. Once the data is accessible, it can be leveraged to optimize the organization's supply chain.
Additionally, the survey found that more than a third of respondents, 36 percent, reported that a significant problem within their organization is clinicians hoarding supplies.1 If clinicians are forced to hoard products, it's an indication that the necessary products are not available, and it's a sign that the supply chain is not functioning in a healthy way. Optimization via automation can alleviate this concern as well.