NHS trusts and Hospitals-final hundred yards for improved patient outcomes

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NHS trusts and Hospitals-final hundred yards for improved patient outcomes

 

                                        Good Supply Chain management

 

Given the challenges of an ageing population, increased demand and better-informed patients, NHS hospitals and trusts can further improve patient outcomes by mapping Supply Chain (SC) models to the front line by:

 

  • Utilising capacity models for optimised resources balanced to the various front line pathways demand for a final overall view
  • Value stream analyses and process flow mapping involving both patients and local teams supported by SC experts
  • Looking to continuously improve for best patient outcomes
  • The flows should include service and product supply chains to maximise efficiency whilst ensuring safe working conditions
  • Technology is a key driver amongst others for:
    • Electronic patient records that could be leveraged by block chain
    • Electronic product catalogues or formularies agreed with procurement and clinicians
    • Agile ordering systems tracking the flow of goods and services with IOT (Internet of things) to point of delivery
    • ERP systems giving end to end visibility
    • A robust reactive integrated complaints process
    • Auto tracking reverse flows
    • Ideal storage locations mapped with machine learning
    • data managed by a cloud based cyber security system where possible

 

Arif Karim

E:   Arif.karim@akaconsultancy.co.uk

W: Akaconsultancy.co.uk

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