In support of the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management’s (AHRMM) annual National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, GHX polled its Best 50 providers regarding their healthcare supply chain priorities for 2020. Survey results underscore the growing role of data derived from the supply chain as a key contributor in solving the cost, quality and outcomes equation in healthcare, as well as understanding and improving overall financial performance.
The clinically integrated supply chain
The shift to a value-based care model requires that the healthcare industry finally understand the true cost of delivering care, including the costs of products, which products deliver the best outcomes at the best price, and how to reduce clinical variation around what works best for the patient.
In order to do so, healthcare organizations must foster greater collaboration and data sharing among clinicians and supply chain professions. AHRMM defines the concept of a clinically integrated supply chain as follows:
Clinical integration in health care supply chain is an interdisciplinary approach to deliver patient care with the highest value (high quality, best outcomes and minimal waste at the lowest cost of care) that is achieved through assimilation and coordination of clinical and supply chain knowledge, data and leadership toward care across the continuum that is safe, timely, evidenced-based, efficient, equitable and patient focused.
The survey found Best 50 providers are not only pushing for greater levels of automation and standardization within supply chain processes, but also for ways to drive integration with clinical processes. Key initiatives include:
In order for healthcare organizations to make value-based decisions, they must understand how the products used in patient care impact clinical and financial outcomes. The integration of clinical and supply chain processes, systems and data, and the standardization of this data across these functions, will enable them to uncover the true cost of care. Based on this knowledge, clinicians and supply chain professionals can work together to drive improved cost, quality and outcomes for their organizations and their patients.