We came up with a list of questions to ask yourself if and when considering a medical supply chain visibility software.
- With multiple solutions to choose from, how do you know which—if any—will meet your needs?
- What, specifically, should you be looking for?
- Were the solutions you’re considering created for IDN use?
- Was the solution created with your specific end users in mind?
- Has the solution been created specifically for IDN use?
- What portion of the solution’s R&D is dedicated to working with IDNs to innovate?
- Does the solution have a history of supporting IDNs?
- Has the solution been created with your end users in mind?
TRADING PARTNER COLLABORATION
- Is the solution integration ready?
- Does it create options to make it easy for your trading partners to participate, share data and collaborate?
SPECIFIC END USERS
- Does the solution track the suppliers and products your organization cares about?
- Does the solution work with the modes of transportation that make up a majority of your critical inbound product?
- Does the solution inform the purchaser of supplier and carrier delays, quantities to be delivered, short-fills, and backorders?
- Does the solution allow your purchasing team to see product in transit using a familiar identifier like a purchase order?
- Does the solution provide decision support to your team’s purchasing decisions and can it prevent them from making choices regarding disrupted product?
- Does the solution arm your team with the knowledge necessary to inform contracting, backup contracts, service level agreements, distribution choices, and safety stock levels?
- Can you look back in time to see the performance of a supplier and the impacts of long lead times, delays, short fills, choice of carrier and supplier location, and be able to assess hidden fees?
- Does the solution historically analyze fluctuations like weather disruptions, backorders, lead times and carrier disruptions that would indicate choice of supplier or supplier location?
- Does the solution help you map your tier-1 supply chain?
DOCK AND INTERNAL DELIVERY
- Does the solution adequately support the prioritization of incoming product?
- Does the solution answer the incoming questions of anxious clinicians and even inform required delivery staffing levels by assessing inbound packages?
CLINICIANS AND POINT-OF-CARE WORKERS WAITING ON CRITICAL ITEMS
- Is there an easy way for clinicians to track the critical items they care about?
- Does the solution eliminate valuable time wasted as clinicians call internally to chase down product?
- Will clinicians be informed of on-time and late arrivals so they can better plan critical patient-care services.
- Will the solution make clinicians and point-of-care workers happier?
- Is the solution easily accessible to all of the aforementioned roles in your organization?
- Does a user of the solution have to be tethered to a laptop or desktop computer or is it mobile ready?
- Does the solution carry a significant per-user licensing fee or require access through an ERP that might not be available to all end-users?
- Is it easy to be alerted to and filter down to just the information each individual cares about?
- Are the KPIs and tools focused on the things each individual cares about as well as the things that will make them successful in their role?
- PART ONE: A Little Background
- PART TWO: Crucial things to look for: IDN Focus, Features and Roadmap
- PART THREE: Trading Partner Collaboration
- PART FOUR: End-User Reach and Value
- PART FIVE: Putting it All Together
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