GHX announced successful results from initial implantable device supply chain pilot program sites. By enabling collaboration and automation, one provider pilot site reduced the number of touch points for purchase order creation from eight to one. Another pilot site reduced the average days to generate a purchase order from nearly five days to just over one day.
Additional findings included underscoring the importance of accurate, shared master data to allow catalog and pricing synchronization between healthcare providers and suppliers, and identifying current challenges for clinicians and sales representatives to more accurately capture and report on the implantable devices used in the operating room.
Other progress included materials management information system integration and manufacturer and provider process alignment to enable suppliers to get same-day replenishment signals. (Source: GHX)