Nexera launched a free, online self-assessment for hospitals to evaluate their supply chain program on the cost, quality and outcomes spectrum. The Hospital Supply Chain Performance Self-Assessment intends to help users improve clinical supply chain optimization and reduce costs.
The Hospital Supply Chain Performance Self-Assessment tool will identify an organization's greatest areas of concern; addressing weaknesses in the supply chain process will help solve overarching issues in the industry, according to Nexera.
The self-assessment tool asks a series of short, targeted, multiple-choice questions in various focus areas. Upon completing a focus area assessment, the tool analyzes the participant's reported performance in comparison to best practices, sends results and provides a free best practices guide to encourage organizations to make appropriate improvements.
The Hospital Supply Chain Performance Self-Assessment tool offers nine focus areas organizations can evaluate for cost, quality and outcomes optimization:
- Clinical supply chain integration and value analysis
- Data management
- Finance and alternative data sets
- Inventory management
- Project management
- Receiving and distribution
- Requisitioning and purchasing
- Supply chain education
According to Gartner, supply chains must embrace patient focus, collaboration and network visibility in their supply chain process in order to combat mounting challenges, such as cost pressures and patient expectations.
Nexera claims that its self-assessment is one of the first steps in improving overall supply chain strategy and patient focus necessary to transform the industry. Gartner also predicted that process automation and AI integration are in the future of successful supply chain processes.
Nexera's launch of the Hospital Supply Chain Performance Self-Assessment tool follows its 2015 book, The Healthcare Supply Chain: Best Practices for Operating at the Intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes, produced with sister company Acurity. The book examines how supply chain professionals can improve their organizations by focusing on all delivery costs and their correlation to care quality and financial outcomes.