Removing the barriers to a clinically integrated supply chain requires a commitment to next-generation processes and new-breed analytics. Whether it’s product standardization, clinical variation, optimizing contract utilization or shifting to cloud—you need a foundation of data that is unified, precise, current, always available, and evidence based.
For example, migrating to a cloud ERP allows you to rethink the size of your item master, but it requires a new approach. A unified data strategy ensures these systems can dynamically consume the data required to support key business processes. It also normalizes bad and inaccurate data and creates alignment across the systems that provide or receive data to/from the EHR/ERP.
Combining data from supply chain, EHR case record and independent clinical evidence provides service line leadership with data to better understand the intersection of physician choice, care variation and ultimately variation in outcomes.
Gaining clarity on items attributes and relevant clinical evidence helps you understand the value of using a given product. Without the independent evidence, it is merely driven by clinician opinion.