"Accurate product information is key to improving efficiencies in the Medical Supply Chain, synchronizing critical medical data across the continuum of care, from medic to the medical center," says Colonel Marsha Langlois, director of the Medical Customer Operations Directorate at the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. "Standardizing product data reduces healthcare costs, and most importantly, expedites delivery of the right items to our war fighters."
Improving healthcare supply chain data not only improves supply chain processes and transactions, it ensures that clinicians have the right supplies to provide quality patient care, according to Fred Downs, chief officer, Prosthetics and Clinical Logistics, Office for Veterans Health Administration. "It is more critical than ever that VA and DoD clinicians have the supplies they need when they need them, to ensure their patients' health and well-being." Downs adds that he hopes to have every VA hospital participating in the joint data synchronization program, for a minimum of $10 million in savings identified for VA hospitals in the next 18 months.
Hospitals participating in the program are researching savings opportunities that can range from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on a single item. Most opportunities are ones that hospitals can easily implement.
"Individual success stories can add up quickly to millions of do
|SOURCE Defense Logistics Agency|
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