Healthcare providers are under more pressure than ever to reduce costs, all while delivering a better patient experience and keeping their operation in tip-top shape.
Now when a facility is losing money, it’s at risk of being consolidated within a larger healthcare network, so eliminating waste is crucial to the survival of a hospital or clinic. They must go lean in order to reduce costs and improve their operational efficiency.
For a healthcare facility to survive and thrive, eliminating waste is absolutely crucial. But how can they do it? One simple way to reduce waste is to pay attention to the little details that add up to time and money squandered.
How can your healthcare facility improve patient satisfaction, reduce expenditures, and have enviable operational efficiency?
Don’t try to overhaul the entire system overnight—start by focusing on one area at a time. A good place to begin is your receiving department. Electronic health records (EHR) are the new normal for healthcare providers across the country. Maintaining electronic health records is important, so why not apply that method to your facility’s receiving department?
Streamlining your receiving department is key, and if your healthcare facility is still doing things the inefficient, old fashioned way—manually logging inbound packages—you’re wasting time, money, and resources.
Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy when your healthcare facility brings your receiving department into the modern era with and automated receiving and delivery system like VueturaTrac™.
1. Inbound Tracking
Inbound packages (medical supplies, important devices and even live tissue) are closely tracked from the receiving area to delivery. Your staff can quickly check items being tracked with an easy-to-use web-based tool—no more rifling through reams of paper, trying to figure out where the package might be at any point in time.
2. Reporting Tools
Imagine having a system that would quickly and efficiently generate reports that can help you improve your systems. With reporting tools, your staff will be able to view productivity reports, to measure performance, improve decision-making, and further streamline operations.
3. Upgraded Processes
Sure, you’ve got processes in place already, but are they as good as they can possibly be? An automated receiving and delivery system will help give you the tools you need to continually improve your process from dock to delivery and firm up inbound package “chain of custody.”
4. Eliminate Lost Items
How much time does your receiving department spend each day fielding calls from anxious customers, asking about lost or missing packages? If you’re like everyone else, probably more than you’d like! With an automated receiving and delivery system designed for a healthcare facility like yours, your receiving department customers can easily locate urgent items with a few mouse clicks. What will you do will all your extra time?
For a modern healthcare facility to eliminate waste and improve on multiple levels, drill down and focus improving one wasteful process at a time. In our opinion, the best single area to start is your receiving department. Improving your inbound package tracking by bringing your receiving department out of the dark ages with an advanced automated receiving and delivery system will not only help you tighten up your systems and reduce your waste, but it will create a more organized and relaxed work environment for your receiving department.
If you’re now looking for an automated inbound tracking system for your health facility and have additional questions, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us today and tell us what you need.
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