Supply chains account for roughly 25% of a healthcare facility’s operating budget, and a recent report from Healthcare IT News suggests that this percentage will only increase in coming years. While the rising cost of care has pinched some healthcare facilities, new reporting software, purchasing platforms, and maintenance trackers are helping stretch each dollar without sacrificing quality. Caretech Group offers healthcare facilities top-to-bottom IT consulting, low prices from group purchasing organizations (GPOs), and objective reporting and tracking from an advanced suite of digital tools. We don’t simply help healthcare facilities make the best purchases, we help them create systems that ensure smart purchasing, documentation, use, and maintenance of every asset—from toilet paper to advanced diabetics equipment.
Obtain “Buy-in” from Upper Management
If you’re a purchasing director, you know the needs of your supply chain better than anyone. All too often, purchasing directors are not given the tools they need to maximize profits and minimize spending. That’s where we come in. Our suite of digital tools track orders, invoices, and even automate maintenance orders. The first thing you’ve got to do to build an efficient supply chain is get everyone on board.
Bring the Team Together
To tackle supply chain issues, healthcare facilities must get input from all departments. That means multiple perspectives and points of view. The supply chain affects everyone in an healthcare facility, whether they realize it or not. The most mundane tasks, like keeping track of invoices and maintenance projects, have a direct result on the quality of care, and that’s why it’s important to bring together everyone from nurses to upper level management. You’ve just got to explain the benefits of a streamlined supply chain.
Recognize the Importance of Data
When it comes down to it, supply chains are all about data—or at least they should be. Data gives healthcare facilities, and indeed all organizations, the power to make objective decisions. Important decisions present themselves at every level of the supply chain, including supply procurement, price negotiation, inventory control, distribution, and maintenance. The only way to cut costs in a sustainable, holistic way is to have data from every level of the supply chain. That’s where the Caretech Group comes in. The Caretrak® suite gathers data on everything from invoicing to delivery and inventory levels—and all of it is aggregated into easy-to-read charts and graphs.
Supply Chain Management from Caretech Group
To gauge supply chain success, one must have supply chain goals. Caretech Group can help you develop and meet objective supply chain goals. Our consultants will give you the purchasing power of a group purchasing organization (GPO), plus we’ll give you the IT systems to stretch savings for years to come. Unnecessary expenditures can pop up almost anywhere in a supply chain. Caretech Group can help your facility identify areas that need improvement and start correcting them. Visit our homepage or contact us today for more information.