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Supply Chain Management Software

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A Supply Chain Management Software (SCMS), is a specialized electronic information System for requisitioning, procurement, receipt, handling, distribution, and charge capture of supply and asset inventory control.

Key Features of Supply Chain Management Software:

  • Order Management
    SCMS can dramatically accelerate the execution of the entire order-to-delivery cycle by helping hospitals to more productively generate and track sales orders.
  • Dynamic Scheduling of Deliveries
    SCMS enables the dynamic scheduling of supplier deliveries to more effectively meet demand.
  • Purchasing and Procurement
    SCMS can fully automate and streamline all activities and tasks associated with  sourcing, purchasing, and payables.
  • Inventory Management
    SCMS can improve the way organizations track and manage their supplies of raw materials and components needed for providing health services.
  • Forecasting and Planning
    With a supply chain software, hospitals can more accurately anticipate demand, and plan their procurement accordingly. As a result, they can avoid unnecessary purchases of supplies, eliminate service over-runs, and prevent the need to store excess supplies in stores.
  • EDI for Supply Chain Management
    SCMS throguh Electronic Data Interchange allows organization link to its trading partners to electronically send transactions such as purchase orders, price/catalogs and invoices electronically.
  • RFID and Barcoding
    SCMS integrates RFID and Barcoding technologies in their operations.
  • User-Defined Cost Centers
    SCMS allows users to define cost centers as per facilities policies.
  • Accountablity and Tracking
    SCMS allows to track movement, and receipt of supplies and equipment and helps answers for the “who, what, when, and where” associated with the receipt, movement and consumption of each supply item.
  • Accurate Capture of Data and Cost Information
    Scanning technology used by SCMS facilitates ease of data capture while ensuring accuracy and point-of-care charge capture.
  • Surgical Instrument Management
    SCM helps hospitals gain greater visibility and control of surgical instruments, enabling hospitals to reduce costs through optimized instrument inventory levels, improved instrument utilization rates and increased productivity of staff assembling surgical trays. This will help hospital bottom line and enhance customer satisfaction by reducing the number of delayed or cancelled surgeries.
  • Efficient ordering
    Allows for more efficient ordering of supplies based on a more accurate overall picture of available inventories
  • Waiting time
    Helps to reduce wait time for supplies
  • Mobility
    SCMS allows for using a variety of delivery mediums (Desktop, PDAs, Web-based, and hard copy).
  • Return Management
    SCMS can simplify and accelerate the inspection and handling of defective, near expiry or expired supplies.
  • Contract Management
    SCMS helps organizations manage the creation of supplies purchasing contracts.
  • Management Reporting & Notification
    SCMS allows for vendor and contract compliance reporting; ad-hoc reporting; automated notifications. Reporting includes receiving reports, consumption reports, cost center reporting, and damage/return item reporting


Health Information Technology Role in Improving Health Care

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Director of Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Dr. Mark Musen, discusses technology’s role in improving health care coordination and some of the challenges of implementing an effective system.

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University of Iowa View on Informatics

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How one hospital is using health informatics to provide health care

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Healthcare Information Systems

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Health Information System – 0504-360

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Course Overview:
Health care is provided in systems that are information intensive. The delivery of health care is dependent on accurate and detailed data. Providing high quality health care requires the easy access to timely, complete, accurate, legible, and relevant information.

The aim of this course is to provide students, as future health care managers, the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage and/or participate in managing data and information and other health information technology resources of their health care systems.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how information systems and technology is used to enhance and improve the performance of health care systems. This course provides a perspective on the effective use of data and information technology to improve health care. Systems, system theory, and Information systems principles and concepts will be discussed and reviewed. Students will learn the potential of IT in enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of health systems. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to HIT will be discussed and explored.
Three Credit Hours Course .. Undergraduate Course .. For Health Services Administration Students

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April 1st, 2011 at 5:06 am

Health Informatics .. 0504-101

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Course Description:
Health care is provided in complex systems through information-intensive processes. The provision of quality health care depends on the quality and timely availability of health information and data. This course introduces health care students to the utilization of information systems and technology in the management of health care data and information. Topics include: systems theory, overview of information systems, IS in organizations, components of IS, hardware, software, database concepts and management systems, telecommunications and networks, electronic health records (EHR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), telehealth, clinical decision support systems, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), personal health records (PHR), systems design and implementation, coding and classification systems, privacy and security of health information.

Three Credit Hours .. Undergraduate Course for Health Sciences Students

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