ASC supply chain decision-makers are most likely to be influenced by a desire to achieve clinical results, according to Health Industry Distributors Association's 2018 Technology Drives ASC Expansion survey.
Here are five takeaways:
1. Fifty-three percent of ASCs said improving outcomes is the top supply chain goal. An ASC administrator in the Midwest said, "We seek to decrease expenses where possible while improving quality and patient safety."
2. Sixty-four percent of ASC supply chain decision-makers are influenced by demonstrated clinical results, 58 percent are influenced by controlling costs and 52 percent are influenced by product quality.
3. Eighty-eight percent of ASCs purchase medical-surgical supplies through distributors. A physician in the Southeast said, "We'd like to have more services and equipment, with lasers and new machinery, that allow us to shift care from hospital to ASC."
4. One-third of ASCs plan to expand in the next year. Fifty percent are expanding current ASC facilities, 43 percent are building new ASCs and 14 percent are remodeling current ASCs.
5. Within the next two years, the top three services ASCs plan to add are ENT, podiatry and plastic surgery.
Download the survey results here.
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