From what we are seeing, the majority of health systems haven’t yet developed healthcare transportation as a strategic asset.
Elmhurst, IL (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
In a recent survey of healthcare supply chain leaders conducted by MedSpeed, an HFMA peer-reviewed healthcare transportation solutions provider, 75% of respondents indicated that healthcare transportation has a medium or high impact on care delivery. Yet, a full 83% of respondents said that they do not know how much they are spending on healthcare transportation. Based on the survey results, there appears to be a disconnection between the importance of healthcare transportation and leaders’ understanding of what their organization is doing.
“Healthcare reform has put added pressure on healthcare leaders to simultaneously improve efficiency and enhance patient care,” said Jake Crampton, CEO of MedSpeed. “As a result, more and more of these leaders are performing a checkup on every area of their systems to ensure they are getting the greatest possible value.”
“You can’t accurately assess a patient’s temperature unless you know what it ought to be,” said Bonni Kaplan, vice president of marketing for MedSpeed. “The same is true for transportation – how can healthcare leaders diagnose their current transportation operations if they don’t have the data behind it to know what they are actually doing?”
“MedSpeed is committed to gathering the necessary data to help us all better understand and improve healthcare transportation operations,” continued Kaplan. “This survey is part of that commitment.”
MedSpeed surveyed attendees of the 2012 AHRMM Conference & Exhibition (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management), as well as others in the healthcare supply chain, on the subject. None of the survey respondents indicated that their transportation spend was “low,” and those respondents who knew actual costs, indicated that the spend was “high.”
Of those surveyed, 42% indicated that they use a combination of internal and external resources for transportation; 33% use an internal department, while 25% employ a third party provider.
“This survey reflects what MedSpeed is seeing in the industry,” Crampton continued. “Many organizations take a fragmented approach to healthcare transportation, utilizing a combination of resources within their organization, general third party couriers and next day service providers. This approach can lead to costs being buried in many different departments; common and costly errors and non-existent utilization guidelines. From what we are seeing, the majority of health systems haven’t yet developed healthcare transportation as a strategic asset.”
Every patient interaction, from a routine clinic visit to an urgent blood transfusion, relies in some way on the same-day pickup and delivery of a specimen, pharmaceutical, radiology film, blood product, medical record or supply. MedSpeed is an ISO-certified, technology-enhanced healthcare transportation solutions provider that strengthens supply chain and overall business operations through centralized transportation networks. MedSpeed has also been granted the "Peer Reviewed by HFMA®" designation, a rigorous eleven-step objective third party evaluation of products and services conducted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). For more than eleven years, MedSpeed’s Lean Six Sigma approach to transportation design and execution has transformed transportation into globally-optimized, leverageble logistical frameworks that consistently deliver operational quality, economic value and strategic advantage.