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The Importance of Nurse-Centric Supply Chain
Hospitals and health systems have made significant improvements to supply chain management processes over the last few years, but many have forgotten a vital stakeholder: nurses.
Fremont, CA: The supply chain has a significant impact on nurses, and they frequently encounter substantial obstacles due to the lengthy and time-consuming workflows associated with it. Patient safety and margins are also at risk due to supply chain issues. The main ramification of inadequate supply chain operations, according to survey respondents, is lost revenue, and nearly one-quarter indicated they don't have time to check product expiration or recall dates before using goods.
Many hospitals are shifting away from closed cabinets and toward handheld barcode and RFID scanning technologies to optimize nurse workloads. Nurses can retrieve the supply from an easily accessible position, such as an open bin, and scan it with these point-of-use (POU) instruments. After that, the supply is automatically documented in the EHR and ERP systems.
POU tools are especially beneficial in the ICU or operating room, where nurses can swiftly scan and document any additional or unexpected things required during procedures before returning their attention to the patient.
It's not difficult to make the switch to POU tools. Nurses are being given handheld devices integrated with new POU technology and other existing gear in several hospitals. Nurses log into the supply chain management system with their mobile device, tag the patient, and scan the supply to document billable goods.
Higher nurse satisfaction, improved accuracy and chargeability, greater support for value-based reimbursement initiatives, and improved patient safety and compliance are among the top benefits of nurse-centric supply chain workflows. Supply chain management solutions that collect critical supply-related data are pretty valuable for the surgical and procedural fields. Clinical leaders may quickly identify improvement possibilities with these technologies, and nurses have the tools they need to do jobs more quickly.
Although supply chain technology may considerably improve and complement nurse workflows, hospitals should seek nurse opinions before making any supply chain optimization decisions. Failure to secure their input might result in blind spots, which annoy nurses and limit the benefits of new technologies. In addition, nurses' buy-in for any supply chain reform program your hospital pursues will be easier to secure if they are included early on.