Nearly 80% of Hospital Leaders Say Supply Chain Optimization Reduces Costs and Improves Margins

Survey reveals the most effective strategies to build a margin-enhancing supply chain
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 8:27 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the ongoing pandemic continues to challenge the national supply chain, efficient supply chain management plays a critical role in hospital margins, patient care, and staff satisfaction. It has been proven that a stronger, more resilient supply chain eliminates waste, streamlines workflows, and reduces the risk of supply shortages.

Syft® enables enterprise-wide inventory management through a powerful combination of services,...
Syft® enables enterprise-wide inventory management through a powerful combination of services, automation tools, and real-time data analytics. Founded in 1999, Syft is used by more than 500 U.S. hospitals and health systems to control costs, processes, and productivity across the entire organization. (PRNewsfoto/Syft)

However, according to a recent survey, many hospitals and health systems continue to put off critical supply chain improvement initiatives that will result in meaningful, long-term financial gains as well as clinical and staffing benefits for their organizations.

The survey findings appear in a newly released market report from Syft,® a leading provider of AI-enhanced inventory control and end-to-end hospital supply chain management software and services.

Syft commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct the survey of 100 hospital and supply chain leaders in August 2021. The respondents hailed from short-term acute care hospitals, children's hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and specialty hospitals.

"With mounting pressure to improve the bottom line and bounce back against pandemic-induced revenue losses, it's time for hospitals to pick up the pace on supply chain improvement initiatives," said Todd Plesko, CEO of Syft. "Our research reveals that most hospitals haven't yet moved beyond basic strategies to implement lasting changes that will fortify the supply chain, such as improving real-time visibility into supplies and implementing AI and demand forecasting tools. This raises alarming questions regarding ongoing supply chain vulnerabilities that could drastically impact patient safety and staff retention."

Key survey findings include:

  • Sixty-five percent said better supply chain management could improve margins by 1-3% with 23% of respondents believing margins can improve by more than 3%.
  • Most respondents (94%) agreed that supply chain analytics can reduce supply chain costs. Seventy-six percent said it can improve quality.
  • Less than a quarter (24%) said their organizations identify supply standardization opportunities very well.
  • Just 14% said they have enterprise visibility of cost-savings opportunities related to supplies.
  • About one-third of respondents (32%) said it would cost their organizations more than $500,000 annually to meet new supply chain regulations like California Assembly Bill 2357.

In addition to the key findings above, the report also provides Syft's top recommendations for hospitals to better create a margin-enhancing supply chain. By implementing more efficiencies and identifying waste in the supply chain, hospitals can reduce their expenses by an average of 17.7% annually. Syft's recommendations include:

  • Use analytics to reduce supply chain waste and identify standardization opportunities.
  • Maximize OR throughput and enhance staff satisfaction with supply chain efficiency improvements.
  • Reap continual margin improvements with AI and demand forecasting.

"The pandemic is upping the pressure on hospitals to rethink their strategic priorities and begin making margin-enhancing supply chain optimization improvements quickly," said Dan D'Orazio, CEO, Sage Growth Partners. "Standardizing supplies, finding hidden efficiencies, and injecting predictive analytics into supply chain operations are ready means for hospitals and health systems to save money and cut costs."

The complete market report is currently available for download from the Syft website.

About Syft. Syft® enables enterprise-wide inventory management through a powerful combination of services, automation tools, and real-time data analytics. The comprehensive Syft Synergy® platform eliminates the need for multiple point solutions and facilitates immediate supply savings with a range of capabilities including master data management, inventory services, supply chain management software, analytics, and advanced reporting. Founded in 1999, Syft is used by more than 245 customers (970 U.S. hospitals) to control costs, processes, and productivity across the entire organization. For more information, visit Syft at www.syftco.com.

About Sage Growth Partners. Sage Growth Partners accelerates commercial success for B2B, B2B2C, and B2C healthcare organizations through a singular focus on growth. The company helps its clients thrive amid the complexities of a rapidly changing marketplace with deep domain expertise and an integrated application of research, strategy, and marketing. Founded in 2005, Sage Growth Partners is located in Baltimore, MD, and serves clients such as Pyx Health, ProgenyHealth, the National Minority Health Association, Philips Healthcare, U.S. Renal Care, Quest Diagnostics, Livongo, Olive, and iN2L.

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