Technology Helps Hospitals Combat Nursing Shortage
Hospitals see dramatic reduction in on hand inventory costs
and achieve significant workflow efficiencies.
West Lebanon, NH, 2003 The nationwide shortage
of nurses has affected most of the healthcare institutions. As
healthcare institutions scramble to address this situation, some
hospitals are using emerging technology to help ease the situation.
Numbers Only, Inc. a leading wireless applications company based
in North Brunswick, NJ is helping hospitals implement innovative
Mobile applications to combat this situation.
Our nurses were devoting too much of their valuable time
to tasks outside of their core competency tasking such
as ordering supplies said Bill Grimes MMIS Manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center, a 396-bed hospital based in Lebanon, NH. In
addition to being an inefficient use of their skills, having nurses
handle ordering led to numerous inventory management problems,
the common being over stocking and panic orders. Charged with
removing the burden of inventory ordering and management from
the nursing staff and reducing on-hand inventory on the floors
without making significant increase in materials management staff,
Bill Grimes turned to Numbers
Real Results in Real Time
Dartmouth implemented the @Par Mobile Supply Chain
Execution suite and achieved significant reduction in on-hand inventories.
We cut on-hand (costs) in some instances by over 50%
said Bill Grimes. The savings we have realized has already
offset our entire investment in the solution handheld devices
and software included. With @Par the department is able to
take up responsibility for more inventory locations with the same
existing staff as a result of more than 400% productivity improvement.
In terms of the solutions impact on the organization
as a whole, we now receive a more accurate, real-time look at usage
reports, which is helping drive savings through contract compliance
and product standardization. And, most importantly, our nurses are
able to devote more time to patient care, secure in the knowledge
that the supplies they need will be in the right place at the right
Numbers Only also announced that two new hospitals
have recently signed an agreement to implement @Par Suite. Partners
Healthcare System and Scott & White Hospital are implementing
@Par to streamline processes, reduce material handling errors, reduce
inventory costs, improve workflow efficiencies and provide accurate
real-time data needed to make critical business decisions.
Scott & White Clinic and Hospital, combined with the Scott &
White Health Plan, form one of the largest multi-specialty group
practices in the United States of America. Partners HealthCare System,
an integrated health care delivery system, was formed in 1994 when
Massachusetts General Hospital joined with Brigham and Womens
About Numbers Only, Inc.
Numbers Only, Inc. is a Wireless Applications Company headquartered
in North Brunswick, NJ with operations in North America, Asia,
and Africa. Numbers Only offers @Par, a product that mobile enables
enterprise systems and helps businesses mobile enable their staff.