IoT Streamlines Healthcare Supply Chain

IoT Streamlines Healthcare Supply Chain

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Saturday, December 05, 2020

FREMONT,CA: The healthcare industry is growing to be smarter and competent with each new technological breakthrough. It is anticipated to continually seek new methods to leverage the potential of the internet of things (IoT) to trim down waste in the supply chain.

Three ways in which IoT can help perk up supply chain management of the healthcare sector are:

1. Growing a Holistic View Of The Supply Chain

Hospitals can employ IoT to enable cloud-based data analytics with their cloud-based, system-wide inventory management. The approach helps connect processes and products with their actual cost. Experts observe that now the healthcare supply chain is not only about manufacturing, shipping, and distributing products. To accurately assess the value chain, it has to be examined holistically and cover the direct as well as the indirect expenses. The type of system-wide valuation demands a lot of information that can be collected, visualized, aggregated, and acted upon.

2.Improve the Competence of Clinical Staff

According to a survey that included responses of over 600,000 medical professionals, 42% of professionals think that supply chain work takes time off from patient care. About 45% of frontline providers also said that the physical supply chain tasks even have a slight or large negative impact on patient care. IoT’s connectivity and data-sharing aptitude can be used to free the frontline employees from inventory-related burdens. Experts advise employing advanced product-tracking technologies along with the automated systems to help alleviate the tension of supply chain tasks and get the physicians back to their patients.

3. IoT To Develop Accuracy, Speed, and Spend

Specialists consider the healthcare supply chain as a strategic benefit, which has the potential to yield significant financial savings. They believe that IoT is vital to propel change. Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have a substantial stake in enhancing supply chain operations. Most medical professionals recognize the correlation between financial success and supply chain management.

Data generated from IoT connectivity offers visibility across the organization facilitating proper management of delivery, workflow and product standardization, and precise clinical documentation across the entire enterprise.

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