Hospital OR inventory process improvement prior to ERP module implementation

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This case study will provide details on how the operating room inventory management process was improved prior to implementing the ERP Operating Room Management (ORM) module of MEDITECH software at a small rural hospital. The methodologies included reviewing/observing existing processes, interviewing personnel, and reviewing documentation associated with materials/inventory management. Several different supply rooms were observed and the current processes were documented. A number of interviews of OR staff were conducted, both formally and informally. The outcomes included an overall reduction in the number of inventory items through the use of kits, establishment of a bin system commonly used in hardware stores and manufacturing was implemented to better locate supplies and manage the inventory, and a locational system to quickly locate inventory. After the process was streamlined, the inventory management portion of the module was successfully implemented.

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© 2009 POMS. Publisher’s version of record can be accessed here.

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Proceedings of the 2007 Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Conference