Operating Room Automated Supply Chain Solution Simplifies Operations

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Health inventory management solutions (also known as WaveMark™) has introduced a supply chain automation solution designed for the unique challenges hospitals face in operating rooms (OR). The solution is a single health system-wide platform that allows hospitals to streamline their OR processes, reduce costs and improve efficiency through real-time inventory visibility and prescriptive analytics.  With up-to-the-minute insights and wrap-around logistics, hospital operations can rise to level of excellence needed to support and advance their cost position and clinical ambitions.

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To learn more about how Cardinal Health's OR automated supply chain solution improves workflow and decision making, visit www.cardinalhealth.com/wavemark or schedule a tour at the experience center located in Concord, MA.

"We recognized that the OR supply chain is not only one of the most expensive areas in a hospital, it's also one of the most challenging. By ensuring that resources are in the right place and available when needed, we help our customers maintain their focus on improving on improving patient care," said John Roy, vice president and general manager of WaveMark™ at Cardinal Health. "The sheer scale, complexity and unique requirements of the OR call for a supply chain solution developed specifically for the OR, which considers aspects of people, process and technology."

OR expenses make up 40–60 percent of total hospital supply costs, and the inventory for an average 15-room OR includes an estimated 3,000–4,000 products in multiple locations.1 These supplies must flow through varied processes, and some might have specific requirements for tracking, documentation and compliance. Biological tissue, for example, has strict Joint Commission requirements around chain of custody.2

In a changing healthcare landscape, the stakes for managing costs and ensuring efficiency couldn't be higher. In a recent survey, Cardinal Health revealed:

  • 40 percent of surgical staff and hospital supply chain decision-makers knew of a case being cancelled due to missing supplies.
  • 23 percent reported they had seen or heard a patient being harmed due to a lack of supplies.
  • 92 percent saw the need for an inventory management system designed for the specific volume and nature of supplies in the OR.3

These numbers are too big to ignore. There's a critical need for data-driven insights and a suggested course of action that aligns the supply chain with clinical teams. To help address these challenges, Cardinal Health worked closely with hospital providers to expand its existing enterprise inventory management platform, tying in all aspects of the supply chain.

Automated supply and workflow management solutions help eliminate manual processes and redundant documentation that's time-consuming and error-prone. read more here

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