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boston children's hospital healthcare

standardization. It is a secure, onestop, compliant database that delivers
a standard shopping experience across
all vendor content.
It drives its users to preferred purchasing channels while also delivering
real-time transparency and cost control
to all purchasing activity occurring
across the enterprise supply chain. "It
tracks savings and compliance," Walsh
says. "It can match up that we are paying contract price and it will take our
purchase history and track the savings."
It is also capable of storing each
of the hospital's vendor contracts,
anything from real estate to utilities,
and all hospital departments can use it.
It offers its users various conventional features like expiration dates and
sorting capabilities.

Boston's Basket
Boston Children's has further enhanced its purchasing process by upgrading its electronic catalog for vendor orders, called the "market basket,"
which also falls under the Prodigo flag.
Among other things, it tracks the total
cost of all goods and services that the
hospital must buy to provide care. It
uses a fixed set of contracted items and
compares them with how much those
same items would cost if purchased
from a non-approved vendor.
Boston Children's started using the
market basket about two years ago, but
its contents have tripled in size during
the past six months. "Before that, we
would enter the information into the
computer and search for pricing with
the buyers sourcing product."
When an order is placed, the market
basket transmits it directly to the vendor. "And we get an electronic invoice
back instead of doing manual entry,"
he adds. "It's just like Amazon. The
users see what they're getting and ev-

erything flows electronically through
to vendor payment."
The market basket is also popular
with the hospital's research community, he says. Scientists use it to select
vendors such as comparing labs when
they are genotyping, the process of
determining differences in the genetic
make-up of an individual by examining his or her DNA sequence and
comparing it to another individual's
sequence or a reference sequence.
"We have it set up so they don't have to
go to the company's website," Walsh
says. "They go directly into the market
basket and select a vendor and they're
able to put their sequencing in."

Just In Time
When it comes to managing inventory,
Boston Children's is also enhancing its
existing system. It uses a just-in-time
inventory system designed to increase
efficiency and decrease waste by receiving goods only as they are needed
in the production process, thereby
reducing inventory costs.
PAR Excellence is an automated
replenishment system that removes
caregivers from the inventory process.
Utilizing the latest technology, the
system uses weight sensors to identify
supply usage as it occurs. "Let's say
that when you get down to five pounds,
it orders more automatically," Walsh
says. "But it could be set at any level
for any product, depending on how
critical the product is."
The hospital is now in the process
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