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Digitalisation in the healthcare sector

The corona crisis has been a challenge for the healthcare sector, not least with regard to digitalisation.
The corona crisis has been a challenge for the healthcare sector, not least with regard to digitalisation.
The corona crisis has been a wake-up call for our healthcare system and indeed for the entire sector. Among other things, the crisis has shown that the digital transformation in healthcare still has a long way to go. Particularly with regard to logistics, the status quo is no longer good enough in many respects. However, there are already a number of software solutions on the market – warehouse management systems, for example – which are capable of digitalising logistics processes and thus relieving the burden both on personnel and structures.

Daniel Wöhr from the press and marketing department at CIM GmbH sees the major challenge in finding quick solutions that can be implemented immediately. “These solutions have to be more than just provisional,” says Daniel. “They need to be practical and flexible for the future.” CIM’s warehouse management software, PROLAG®World, is a modular system offering a high degree of standardisation. This allows companies to purchase essential functions to get up and running quickly, adding other features and modules over time. Initial investment costs are low. PROLAG®World Healthcare is a package specially designed to meet the complex demands of the healthcare sector.

Hospital supply chains

Warehouse management supports hospitals with decentralised warehousing, clinic and ward supply, and management of medicines, beds, meals and surgical instruments. Getting an efficient supply of materials to hospital wards can be problematic. Staff often lose a lot of time walking great distances in order to fetch materials or dispose of medication. “It’s therefore crucial to optimise supply chains in order to guarantee a smooth replenishment process and reduce the distances walked by nurses and other medical staff,” continues Daniel. A logistics software solution can optimise processes and material flows – and can be easily integrated with a hospital information system (HIS). A WMS relieves the burden on personnel resources – another argument in favour of digital support, especially at a time when the workforce is short on skilled labour.

Flexible production processes

The environment is constantly changing not just for hospitals, but also for medical distributors and producers: companies are regularly being forced to adapt their processes in order to comply with new laws, guidelines and directives. “In this respect, too, it’s important that companies opt for standardised software where new features can be added on demand,” recommends Daniel. With PROLAG®World, customers can activate or deactivate functions without disrupting the day-to-day running of the warehouse. This allows them to remain flexible and capable of reacting in times of crisis. Daniel Wöhr recounts a recent success story from the start of the pandemic where a customer extended their system capabilities and shifted to producing protective face masks.