On point, on record for closing the loop

March 24, 2022

Publication by Healthcare Purchasing News 

Supply Chain consistently strives to control costs and expenses as much as possible, based in part on C-suite demands for the department’s functionality and role. One over-arching way to accomplish that is to know the organization’s total costs through tracking, tracing and linking to clinical, financial and patient care systems – one of which is the electronic health record/electronic medical record (EHR/EMR), where asset consumption and usage is (or should be) noted. 

Imagine being able to apply supply and service consumption data to a single patient that extends to the item master and inventory management on one hand and to billing, reimbursement and revenue cycle on the other? That’s closing the loop. 

Imagine Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold character in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” connecting the elaborate house lights for the first time. If you remember that pivotal scene, you have a decent grasp of the healthcare supply chain’s universal link to EHR/EMR systems – not as widespread as it should be among healthcare organizations yearning to rein in costs, but plenty of room for illumination and improvement. 

What will it take for healthcare organizations to compare the challenges of linking Supply Chain systems to the EHR/EMR system versus the challenges of keeping them separate? Are the benefits of interfacing or integrating too operationally painful to endure or are the perceived benefits not yet worth the pain? 

Read what Prodigo's VP, Data Analytics and Product Strategy, Marlin Doner, had to say about healthcare supply chain’s universal link to EHR/EMR systems in this Healthcare Purchasing News article. 

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