Clinical Supply Utilization Management System
The Next Level of Supply Chain Savings Beyond Price & Standardization
Conventional Supply Chain Strategies Have Reduced Price Savings to Barely 1% to 2% of Total Supply Budget—But Utilization Savings Now Represent Over 7% to 15% of NEW Savings From Total Supply Budget!
Advance Your Hospital’s Supply Chain Expense Management Through Technology
The Institute for Supply Management Research has recently reported that supply chain managers are finding that their existing technologies may not be meeting their sophisticated analytics needs. Is this your situation, too?
What Is Supply Chain Expense Analytics?
Supply chain expense analytics is the art and science of measuring trends, patterns, anomalies, and variations in your supply chain expenses to quickly identify savings opportunities. Thomas H. Davenport, author of Competing on Analytics, describes analytics as “the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions.”
What Davenport is saying, in layman’s terms, is that if you organize your supply chain expenses by their unique supply categories and then measure these same expenses by their activity-based performance against your own historical standards and that of your peers, your savings opportunities will quickly appear before your eyes.
For example, we identified with our clinical supply utilization systems (which does all the analytics work for our clients) that one of our client’s transcription service utilization was $1.64 higher than their peers’, or a $211,888 annualized savings opportunity. When our client investigated this anomaly in their transcription purchased service spending, they discovered that they were spending too much on their fragmented and decentralized outsourced transcription services. They also decided, after a thorough analysis of their hospital-wide transcription service, to outsource all of their transcription service functions (internal and external). This resulted in an additional $66,999 in savings for a total savings of $278,887. Our point here is that these huge savings would never have been identified if they did not use our leading-edge analytics tool to uncover them.
Why Don’t We Have These Leading-Edge Tools?
We have observed three reasons why we as a profession do not have these sophisticated tools.
The first is that we think that our current tools (e.g., databases, databanks, and spreadsheets) are providing us with the comprehensive analytics that we need to be successful in the new healthcare economy we live and work in. Unfortunately, most analytics tools are not combining numerous discovery techniques to seek out the correct decisions and actions to identify and implement our next savings opportunities – beyond price and standardization.
The second is that we don’t want to ask our management for the investment to procure the right analytical tools. A new CAPS Research report states that your supply chain returns on average $6.77 to your healthcare organization for every dollar invested. This is an important metric to cite to your boss when you are asking for an increase (especially for new technology) in your healthcare supply chain operating expenses.
The third reason is that we are simply unaware that our analytics aren’t where they need to be. Here’s a test that might help you raise your consciousness on this topic. If you cannot identify ALL…YES ALL, of your utilization, purchased services, and value mismatches in your supply streams with your current analytics tools, then you are falling behind the curve on this modality.
What Do We Need to Remedy This Situation?
As we have suggested, if your analytics tools aren’t sophisticated enough to search out your hidden supply expense savings opportunities then you need to upgrade them so that they can advance your supply chain expense management to the next level of performance.
"The system highlighted an unusual utilization increase in trach tubes that turned out to be caused by mismanagement of the trach tube inventories between Respiratory and Periop. Because we found this issue we were able to collaboratively improve the trach tube inventory process and improve availability of custom and standard trach tubes organization-wide."
Clinical Value Analysis Team Leader
“We already have a solid value analysis program, quality analytics, and great people! But we still deployed SVAH’s Clinical Supply Utilization Tool because of the proven experience, support, and results behind the system that fast-tracked our clinical utilization program from a basic beginner stage to advanced expert in just a few short months!"
Vice President of Supply Chain
- Increase Awareness of Product Fluctuations
- Gain Insight Into Clinical Product Use Patterns
- Uncover Unseen Quality Issues with Products
- Use Your Own Data as a Powerful Evidence Reporting Engine
- Easily Track the Before, During, and After Results of Your VA Studies
- Make Better Decisions with Your Best Evidence – Your Data!
Why Can't We Just Find a Lower Price from Our Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) to Solve All of Our Cost Problems?
The Price at the Pump Only Represents a Fraction of the Total Product Life Cycle Cost that You Can Affect Contractually
Utilization/Consumption Represents 50% to 90% of the Total Product Life Cycle Cost that You Can Affect Through Clinical Supply Utilization Management (CSUM)
SEE How SVAH Gives You the Strategic Utilization Savings Insights
How Does SVAH Help You Gain Valuable Insights Into Your Next Level of Major Savings Beyond Contract Price?
Step 1 - Establish a Baseline
Most organizations are flying blind when it comes to clinical supply utilization management because they have no reporting to give them the valuable insights into their utilization. SVAH gives you the systems, tools, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to power your optimization to a whole new level.
Step 2 - Strategically Optimize Your Utilization
Once SVAH has helped organize your CSUM data into a concise reporting super-engine, you can then be strategic about where and when you will address each and every utilization issue without leaving any money on the table. This method will help you continually identify the utilization outliers that need to be addressed but also show you where your strengths are to avoid any wasted efforts.
Step 3 - Achieve and Sustain Your Results
Every dollar saved goes straight to your organization's bottom line but once identified and the savings are driven out, you must have a system that automatically alerts you to savings creep. SVAH's CSUM system gives you this power tool to continually monitor and optimize your supply categories without all the work.
All You Need is a System to Show You Where the 7% to 15% of Savings Beyond Price is Hiding in Your Supply Chain
Let SVAH Show You Where Your Savings are Hiding with a No Cost, No Obligation Demonstration