The patients at your hospital require supplies— life-saving medication, routine materials such as alcohol wipes or latex gloves, and, in the worst case scenarios, even live tissue. All of these are an important part of their care. Imagine the potential for disaster if very ill people are kept from the supplies that could potentially save their lives because your hospital’s receiving facility is still logging packages manually.
You’re tired of your outmoded, worn, and stale method for tracking packages that possesses the potential for jeopardizing a seriously sick patient’s recovery. Now’s the time to take charge and implement an automated receiving and delivery system for your hospital.
How can a change in your package tracking system help you improve your hospital’s patient care? Let’s take a look at some of the ways that adopting automated package tracking will streamline your receiving, saving your department time as well as money, and helping you to take far better care of your patients in the process.
Here are a few reasons why package tracking will improve patient care at your hospital.
You pride yourself on the fact that your hospital is a state-of-the art facility. Doesn’t it make sense to bring your receiving department into the 21st century with the rest of the hospital? So many aspects of your daily routine could benefit from transitioning your outdated manual logging to a more current automated package tracking system.
An automated package tracking system is extremely accurate.
Taking the step to automate your hospital’s tracking system will introduce heretofore unseen levels of efficiency into your receiving department. Bonus— you can integrate your new package tracking software into your MMIS system, which is something you can’t do with your current manual log.
As you probably know, introducing humans into any equation increases the possibility for error; scanning packages upon arrival will eliminate the transposed or illegible numbers that people occasionally might produce. You can quickly and easily track any package anywhere in your hospital; no more wondering if the right package made it to the right place at the right time.
Speed is one of its virtues.
The glacial pace of entering each package by hand won’t keep patients from getting the vital medications or supplies they need as quickly as possible if you choose to transition to an automated package tracking system.
Instead of taking minutes of manual entry, scanning will take your staff seconds, ensuring that every patient’s medical care team will have the items they need at hand as soon as they need them, no fuss, no muss.
Automated tracking systems increase efficiency.
A truly great medical team needs to know down to the last pill what medications are in their inventory, the state of their supplies, and the location of much-needed equipment at the click of a mouse. Manually logging packages creates a huge paper record that makes it challenging at best to find what a medical pro needs when they need it.
At worst, it’s wasting precious minutes that could be spent saving lives only to find that the package’s information is untraceable. An automated tracking system allows anyone in the hospital to find exactly what they need, exactly when they need it, eliminating the dreaded “Where’s my package?” calls that plague receiving departments everywhere.
Automation increases accountability.
If you don’t have an automated tracking system, it’s very difficult to prove that you didn’t receive a package at your facility. When you have a system in place for scanning every package’s barcode, carefully collecting necessary digital signatures as well as tracking the date and the time of every delivery that enters the building, the carrier will be far more willing to believe you when you tell them that you didn’t get what you’re looking for. The carriers will be held responsible for their errors rather than passing the blame back on to you.
Are you ready to ditch your old-fashioned manual tracking system for a new and improved automated package tracking system? Contact us!
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