The Oregon Clinic Supply Chain team presented with the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award for their successful supply management through cultural, technical and organizational changes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Joshua L. Bardfield

In Q1 of 2015, The Oregon Clinic realized many specialty clinics were experiencing noticeable disparity in types of medical and administrative supplies, delays in resupply procedures, significant inequities in contracts, escalation of costs, and lack of awareness and use of a GPO. Without a dedicated supply chain effort and oversight, the absence of an effective means to automate and track orders and manage inventory was having a major impact on efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.

The Oregon Clinic decided to add a Supply Chain team in the Shared Services department . Upon hiring an experienced medical supply professional, the organization moved quickly to update and expand the use of a single MMIS solution, review suppliers, vendors and supply costs across the organization, and work directly with Intalere to incorporate the GPO solution and resources as a foundation for success.

Policies and practices were aggressively applied to supply chain processes and oversight. Efficiencies were immediately gained by tracking procurement costs and changing the practices in place. These changes resulted in reducing orders and receipt of supplies by 50%. Total direct savings to The Oregon Clinic over the last 15 months (as of November 2016) exceeds $1,300,000 – as a result of centralizing, automating and partnering with Intalere. Additionally, a major win in overcoming cultural barriers has been recognized by the clinics in customer supply satisfaction.

Click here to see Intalere announcement.