While at times, ED admissions generally went down as a result COVID-19, the patients that were admitted with COVID-19 had stays that lasted much longer than average, requiring exponentially more resources, including medications. Unfortunately, many hospitals were not prepared to address inventory management and, thus, lacked understanding of where these critical medications were located.
When it comes to pharmacy operations, health systems are moving forward in new ways. Today, operations need to have complete visibility. The solution? A centralized hub model that can provide business intelligence for pharmacy supply chains, resulting not only in business intelligence for the supply chain in an effort to be prepared for what’s to come, but also for cost reduction.
Through the use of automation and automated inventory, replenishment processes such as low unit of measure to deliver efficiencies, as well as clinic distribution and centralized re-packaging for unit-dose medications, can be improved. These processes give pharmacies the ability to have the right medications, reduce costs, and have exponential savings that will set them up for success in the new landscape of health system pharmacy.