Healthcare products travel a complex supply chain involving many steps, numerous middlemen, and substantial fees before reaching patients. This process, filled with redundancies and inefficiencies, is where the cost of healthcare rises and where the potential for deadly stockouts occurs.
Unfortunately, there's also a cost to your patients and your hospital staff when clinicians must spend time locating and replenishing supplies instead of dispensing care.
TECSYS healthcare solutions ensure the right products are in the right place at the right time, freeing up your hospital staff to be caregivers, not stocktakers.
That's good news for both your clinical staff and your patients!
Today's hospitals face many daily challenges — volatile customer demand, little or no inventory visibility, diverse patient care processes, and complex payment structures, all spanning geographically-dispersed facilities! Meeting these challenges puts great demands on their logistics systems, particularly in point-of-use settings, where clinical staff have to manually manage inventory. The human step in the process is very time-consuming and error-prone, and therefore costly.
Designed and configured for the hospital supply chain, TECSYS' Supply Management System (SMS) directly addresses all of a hospital's global inventory management and point-of-use challenges. SMS is a user-friendly supply chain execution solution that enables hospitals and clinics to become significantly more efficient at point-of-use locations, freeing up clinical staff to focus on patient care.
With SMS, the supply chain process at point-of-use locations is intuitive and completely automated. SMS uses touch-screen technology to facilitate ease-of-access to information with the least amount of intervention. Products are captured via bar codes and stored in the TECSYS system, enabling purchasing organizations to track usage, re-order to minimums and plan the demand accordingly.
In addition to providing global visibility into inventory levels across the entire health system, SMS allows the hospital system to analyze the value of those inventories at all locations. Without TECSYS' SMS, the inventory value would be expensed the moment the asset leaves the hospital distribution center.
As hospitals search for ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of their patient care, identifying efficient methods of managing their supply chains has become a major focus for them.
The increasing demand for improved healthcare services has also highlighted the urgent need for hospitals to exchange timely information with pharmaceutical and medical/surgical distributors and manufacturers. Knowing what products you will need, and when you will need them, is critical to your health system. It is also critical for your partners, staff, patients and suppliers alike.
As health systems and hospitals are being forced to do more with less, there's a growing realization that their local supply chains have a problem — it costs way too much to move goods between hospitals, clinics and service centers and there is little or no control over their movements! The trouble is, it's very hard to know where to focus your improvement efforts when you don't know where all the opportunities for savings are.
TECSYS TMS for Healthcare brings together the best practices of world class couriers to manage local supply chains specifically for health systems, and help them drive down transportation costs with a single, centralized, easy-to-use transportation management system. TMS for Healthcare suits healthcare courier operations of any volume or complexity and requires almost no driver training. Its capabilities can be adopted progressively which allows health systems to build towards a world-class healthcare courier operation at their own pace.
Drivers get all the vital information they need to ensure their handling conforms to hospital best-practices and government regulatory requirements for each special type of item shipped. This means your critical patient specimens, sensitive patient records or controlled drugs with sealed delivery containers are properly managed throughout the entire transportation process.
Without tracking there can be no accountability! From pick up to drop off, everything that happens to your shipments is recorded and tracked through signature or employee badge proof-of-activity. With this kind of real-time mobile traceability, you have hard statistics to prove your drivers are doing their jobs, and to measure the true quality of your customer service.
Just like industry-leading couriers, TMS for Healthcare provides your customers a self-service portal with up-to-the-minute tracking status of goods-in-motion.
TMS for Healthcare keeps track of every time an item is touched during delivery. This data feeds operational and tactical dashboards that give your dispatchers the whole picture of their shipment activities. They also act as an overall indicator of the "health" of your local supply chain by giving you a true picture of what's going on within your courier service, and also where to focus to head off potential problems.
TMS for Healthcare eliminates redundancies associated with complex delivery networks through multi-stage, routed deliveries and integrated dynamic dispatching. Dock management features like staging, assisted sorting, cross-docking and loading ensure tight delivery windows are not jeopardized by reduced dock capacity or slowdowns.