Supply chain management costs consistently rank as some of the largest expenses for healthcare and hospital systems. What can be done to better manage rising costs and tighten up cost structures?
Here are five examples of applications and processes where a digital workforce, supplied through intelligent automation, is most effective:
Charges to Cost Centers, Order Processing
Updates to databases, order entry checks, and purchase orders can be checked, verified, and completed using an accurate, always available, digital workforce. Tasks ranging from maintaining a correct record of the purchase history, payment method, and volume of order, to updating files, can be improved with automation.
Routine and Ad-Hoc Reporting and Performance Analytics
Automation can be used to explore data in existing reports and extract meaningful insights, or to create a report “on the fly” by gathering information from a table, file system, database, or chart. Business process automation is used to deliver deeper insights about your users and reveal actions you can take to improve the supply chain or materials management process. Through the use of a performance dashboard, you can display the areas in need of improvement or those that are performing optimally.
Data Migration and Integration
Many times, data lives in multiple, disparate systems, that is needed for supply chain metrics. The format of data that your existing platform outputs might be quite different than what is required from your legacy system. The ability to standardize data elements across platforms may involve lots of manual work that is easily repeatable, if using an automated, digital workforce. Whereas repeated, manual manipulation increases the likelihood of human errors that can be difficult to identify later on.
Contract monitoring, updating vendor files, and changing passwords or system access, is something well-suited for an automation platform. Vendor management applications, such as staffing, temporary and permanent staff as well as contract and contingent staff, are easily conducted through intelligent automation. In addition, automation assists with the periodic checking of vendor access use and cleanup based on organization rules to help increase security and reduce risks to sensitive data, without the need for manual review.
As hospitals are forced to tighten their belts, staff are pressured to address inventory management. Unfortunately, this is often a manual, time-consuming process of inefficiency and errors. Automating these tasks enables health systems to trace and track inventory and devices used each day in a healthcare setting.
Employing a digital workforce allows companies to replace tedious human processing involved in the supply chain with fast and 100% accurate information. This enables better collaboration and communication between disparate applications, eliminating conflicting information stored in multiple data silos. Improve your supply chain management within your healthcare system today. Give us a call to discuss.
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Since 1985, Boston Software Systems is the dedicated leader in healthcare automation. Hospitals, health systems, and providers have streamlined data management and improved accuracy while reducing costs and administrative burden. We have worked with all of the leading EHR vendors, while optimizing usability and user satisfaction.
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