Solutions to optimize the healthcare supply chain

Aug. 3, 2021

Cardinal Health WaveMark Supply Management & Workflow Solutions has released a whitepaper outlining how automated solutions for inventory management can mitigate supply chain operational issues. Using data from health systems that currently use Wavemark, the whitepaper shows how the business improved key health system metrics and outcomes.

According to the findings, supply chain costs are at an all-time high, with hospitals on average spending $12.1 million annually unnecessarily, including on product inventory that expires before it can be used.

Inventory management efficiencies are vital to allowing healthcare staff fighting COVID-19 to focus more time on patient care instead of product stocking decisions. Yet, according to the report, many hospitals and health systems are still manually tracking inventory – identified as one of the root causes for a “never event,” in which an expired or recalled product is used on a patient. Approximately 7% to 10% of clinical products expire on hospital shelves before being used – and more than 25% of hospital staff know of an instance where an expired or recalled product was used on a patient.

These manual processes can also lead to underbilled patient care. Nearly 90% of patient cases are underbilled in some form, leading to more than $1.94 billion of revenue leakage for hospitals each year. In 2020, Wavemark tracked nearly 600,000 encounters in operating rooms and interventional suites throughout the U.S. with a near-perfect documentation accuracy of 99.8%, identifying an additional 8,500 clinically important, high-value products that weren’t documented at the point of care. This tracking enabled the average hospital to capture $7.7 million in supplies and an additional $65,000 to $212,000 in product charges that otherwise would have been lost.

Cardinal Health has the release