Rapid change and challenging circumstances are commonplace in the healthcare industry. But the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing strains on supply chain have created undeniable impact on an industry well accustomed to navigating the unknown.
Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country are facing high turnover and staff shortages as frontline workers cite burnout and uncertainty as reasons for leaving their roles or the industry altogether. And these staffing challenges are apparent in Operating Room (OR) departments where, on top of everyday management of supplies for elective procedures, new demands related to PPE and regulations related to pandemic preparedness have added to the difficulty for hospital systems across the country in planning for the right resources.
A key way the industry can better support frontline workers and alleviate on-the-job stress is to equip them with reliable tools. Solutions like QSight®, Owens & Minor’s surgery supply technology service, remove the guesswork from clinicians’ daily demands.
QSight facilitates a seamless and efficiently stocked OR, so that patients can remain the top focus. And it’s not just clinicians who benefit from tailored technology— everyone in the OR, from supply leaders to personnel planners to direct caregivers, are free to focus on their most pressing tasks with full confidence that strategic and efficient inventory management solutions are in place.
“As someone who has worked in both the clinical and supply planning areas of healthcare, I realize that no matter the role, everyone in the healthcare industry benefits from supply chain control and visibility,” said Angela McNally, Vice President and General Manager of Services at Owens & Minor.
“No matter the role, everyone in the healthcare industry benefits from supply chain control and visibility.”- Angela McNally, Vice President and General Manager of Services at Owens & Minor
QSight can connect people, products, and processes across a customer’s entire OR supply chain to help streamline clinical workflows, increase inventory accuracy, improve patient safety, and reduce waste. For McNally, the ability for everyone in the OR, whether on the clinical or inventory management side, to have absolute confidence in their supply chain is one of the key benefits of a solution like QSight. “The OR is the heartbeat of the hospital, and it can generate a significant expense, especially after all of the shifting protocols around elective procedures, the time and cost savings QSight supports are even more important considerations,” said McNally. “But what I think really sets the solution apart is the dashboard that creates visibility, control and confidence while mitigating risk.”
QSight can provide the freedom that only comes from full confidence in the inventory planning process. “Across the board, caregivers and other employees know that they’ll have what they need, when and where they need it, in order to take care of patients, without having to worry about product expirations, recalls, or shortages,” said McNally.
As the industry takes stock of the rapid changes related to COVID-19, and the changes that are undoubtedly still to come, McNally emphasizes the value in creating ease for the people who prioritized their patients amidst incredible challenges. “Every single worker in healthcare—from nurses, manufacturers, supply leaders, surgeons, administrators, and countless other specialties— has given us all so much,” said McNally. “I’m proud to stand behind solutions like QSight that support the incredible work they do day in and day out.”
QSight: Inventory Management for the Procedural Supply Chain
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