Digital platform launched to enhance supply chain efficiency
Global Healthcare Exchange's new GHX Procure platform is a cloud-based requisition / inventory management system which gives healthcare organisations real-time visibility of inventory, and allows automated purchasing of supplies and medical devices.
The new ‘digital platform’ has been designed ‘to help free up healthcare professionals from manual supply chain management tasks and allow them to focus on their frontline roles’.
GHX says it believes healthcare supply chain functions have been under more pressure than ever over the past year and a half, and argues that with the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, having a common procurement and inventory platform which easily integrates with multiple finance systems is essential. It said: “GHX Procure gives healthcare providers real-time insight into inventory levels, and automates requisition processes, to enable frontline healthcare professionals to focus on their clinical work, rather than having to spend as much time managing requisition approvals and stock replenishments.”
Perry Spender, head of Procurement at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, an early adopter, explains, “The GHX Procure inventory system has been invaluable to our large COVID-19 vaccination programme at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), by digitising the inventory process of stock and equipment located on the premises. This has streamlined the whole process, enabling the Procurement Team to maintain and monitor the stock required accurately.
“The system is user-friendly, and the reporting functions mean we can easily manage and maintain stock levels, as well as being able to ascertain the current value of the stock. The hand-held Zebra scanners are ideal for using Procure portably, rather than requiring us to return to the desktop version when issuing stock. Orders can be double checked, while the system can also verify stock checks before requesting products, trace an item back to a specific team. This is very useful – especially in the case of product recalls, which could be critical in a few cases.”
GHX Procure is available in the following modules:
GHX Procure Inventory Manager helps improve the efficiency of the healthcare supply chain. Using real-time stock level monitoring, the GHX solution automatically triggers replenishments when items fall below a certain threshold. Materials are thus only ordered when needed, decreasing the chance of overspend, and improving the cycle of ‘just in time’ procurement.
GHX Procure Requisition Manager automates and simplifies the ordering process for medical supplies, ‘making it easier for staff to follow approved requisition processes, freeing up frontline staff time, and giving healthcare providers more control over their supply spend’.