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Healthcare Business Solutions
January 19th, 2015

How efficient procurement can improve patient care


Healthcare is a massive industry with lots of moving parts and wide-ranging stakeholders, centring on one simple goal: looking after the patient. It’s the reason we’re all here. Even areas of the industry that may seem to be removed from patient care, such as procurement, play a crucial role in meeting that goal.

Recently, National Health Executive featured one NHS trust that is proving that efficient procurement contributes to improving patient care. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been introducing e-enablement across procurement and supplies. This process includes automating its supply chain by using best-practice approaches to data standards, e-catalogues, and materials management. One of the main achievements from this process is reducing the time that clinicians and nurses spend on procurement activities, so that they can spend more time with the patients.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals are also proving that efficient procurement practices benefits patient safety. E-enablement improves product traceability from the manufacturer to the patient. This means that, in the event of a recall, identifying and notifying the affected patients becomes significantly quicker and easier.

Read further about how Leeds’ e-enablement process benefits patient care below. If your organisation is pursuing better procurement processes, we want to hear about how they’re helping your patients! Join the conversation on Twitter @CookHealthBiz.

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