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How dependent are we on our systems? How dependent have we become on the internet? How did all of this get done back in the good 'ole days without the curbside technologies that now exist? I realized how much I take for granted the instantaneous technologies we have at our fingertips.
Healthcare is transcending into a new millennium whether we like it or not. What many bottom line and efficiency driven industries learned many years ago, is that their business is only as good as the data they have available or the initiative they have to seek it out.
UMMC's Supply Chain Data Management systems' allow us to share and communicate information throughout our organization by combining technology and business processes. The Lawson ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning) Software facilitates the exchange of data among the varous divsions that support our organization. We have been utilizing Lawson's service in our Human Resources Suite for several years. This recent implementation has brought aboard the financial, research, and supply chain elements.
LINC, or Lawson Integration Network Connection, is replacing our legacy CAS system and Catalyst requisitioning system. Our PAR Excellence automated supply replenishment system will continue providing support to our patient care areas through an interface with Lawson.
The healthcare information system has often, in recent years, been said to be at the forefront of a revolution within the industry. These systems will allow us to track hospital spending, patient outcomes, and other relative statistical information to make better business decisions and better decisions for our patients.
Data Management will also help expedite and simplify the transfer of patient information to other providers or doctors outside of our organization through EPIC our EMR (Electronic Medical Record) system. Lawson will be interfaced with EPIC to transfer data on a daily basis. This will bridge the lingering gap which exists in many healthcare systems between the clinical world and the business units that support it.
Supply Chain will increasingly rely on technology and its data information systems. The sharing of information across our vaious supporting roles will lead to increased accountability and more informed decisions. We are at the dawn of a new era in healthcare with information and technology leading the way. Data Management is only as good as the people creating, maintaining, and living the business and its processes they support.
If you are completely dependent upon technology, you are or will be in a scenario that doesn't have a promising outlook. The risk you have exposed yourself to becomes a matter of when; not if. On the flipside, if you leverage the technology, resoucres, and information available to you, and make statistically sound decisions with the patient in mind, you will subsequently minimize their risk, and become an information owner.
We are currently experiencing a mere glimpse of the transition this industry will see over the next decade. Although change is uncomfortable, it is inevitable. Our current position within this organization and healthcare industry ia a continuum, rather than a transition time that will soon come to pass. Healthcare has a long way to go to get over the peroverbial hump.
Supply Chain Data Management along with the staff and hospital it supports, will be leading the way by getting the right product to the right location at the right price.
Supply Chain Data Management - part of the solution. You may email questions or concerns to SCDM@umc.edu.
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216