3 ways a supply chain assessment can benefit your ASC

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Navigating the supply chain within your Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) through the many challenges you face can be complex.

What can surgery centers do to not only lower costs, but also improve quality, support safety, and enhance patient satisfaction scores at the same time? What can you do to ensure you’re the ASC your patients want and need? 

Look beyond traditional thinking and into more holistic opportunities to achieve both cost and quality goals by combining supply chain and clinical perspectives. A supply chain assessment can help you do that by spotting otherwise hidden opportunities to improve inventory management and clinical practices. The following points play a critical role in helping your surgery center identify hidden waste and find real savings in the OR.

  1. Identify process improvements
    Find opportunities to maximize the efficiency of your case pick process, observe the staging of supplies and replenishment process. While reviewing process improvements, assess OR set up, the utilization of supplies, OR clean up, and other clinical areas related to supply flow.

  2. Evaluate efficiency of current procedure supply
    Validate the right pack for each procedure and assess the supply chain’s impact on the practice, patient throughput and overall costs. Further review efficiencies by evaluating the level of returns to the case pick area following each procedure and identifying supply consolidation opportunities.

  3. Uncover new cost saving initiatives
    Identifying waste in custom pack components and exploring ways to standardize products can be hidden cost saving opportunities. Other initiatives include reviewing OR equipment variability and evaluating clinical practices. Savings add up! Removing waste, standardizing products, and increasing clinical efficiency can lead to major cost saving’s potential.

When Cardinal Health performs a supply chain assessment, we bring a new perspective to help uncover process improvements, use supply chain expertise to evaluate supply usage efficiency, and use our data and analytics to find savings opportunities. Request a no-cost supply chain assessment to optimize you ASC’s performance.  For more complete and customizable ASC solutions, visit our Ambulatory Surgery Centers webpage.

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