How does Amazon getting into the Healthcare Supply Chain matter?

How does Amazon getting into the Healthcare Supply Chain matter?

By Lee Bautista, Marketing Director, Demand Generation at Jitterbit

Expectations from last week’s news brings the reach of Amazon and their delivery services into hospitals. While there are already many vendors, distributors and other healthcare supply chain services to complicate the matter of just getting the right electrodes to all hospitals and affiliated clinics and facilities, is adding another major player going to make matters worse?

With Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announcing a joint effort to provide healthcare services last month, “smaller actions” over the past year, and last week’s announcement by Amazon are major disruptors for the healthcare supply chain. The ability to pick from myriad groceries marketplaces, meal delivery services, restaurants and other outlets to pick where your food comes from (which Amazon also looked to disrupt last year) is now a modern world expectation to have at their fingertips. Bringing that to a healthcare industry that has more immediacy and intimacy when it comes to providing personal healthcare seems like a good thing for most consumers/potential patients. For health systems and care providers, managing all of these supply options is the real concern.

Whether you are a large health system or a small regional hospital, the administrative burden that comes from ensuring your facility is stocked properly combined with being within budgets on top of ensuring proper billing to payers while all staying in compliance is a constant balancing act. Often times, shopping around isn’t allocated in a daily schedule. And the volatile nature of the service provided by hospitals often doesn’t follow an easy pattern to give that extra time to seek out the best deals and ensure all the data is synchronized through all IT and bedside systems. With an expectation of growth toward a 2.3 billion market by 2022, improving management of the rapidly expanding healthcare supply chain is something that is necessary. And while Amazon, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and many others address that, the best start to making sure whomever is chosen to supply your facilities is to have an iPaaS solution that will make sure everything is connected, data flows freely, compliance can be maintained and monitored as well as providing the flexibility to adapt to any new developments or solutions the healthcare industry throws your way. And being able to manage everything from inventory management and procurement to invoicing and reconciliation from a single interface, any interface you prefer, is a bonus.

With the annual HIMSS conference right around the corner, something on the top of most attendees’ lists is finding something that makes their staff’s work routine easier. With Jitterbit Harmony, issues like integrating across the supply chain is one of many that can be managed with ease. And a strong foundation like Harmony also helps other key healthcare issues like improved patient outcomes and data management, clinical workflow management, continuum of care and telemedicine, patient relationship management as well as physician relationship management for rotating staff, growth marketing into communities and much more.

If you’re attending HIMSS next month and you’d like to meet with our healthcare team, let us know and we’ll arrange a time that fits your schedule. And learn more by visiting our healthcare solutions page.

Lee Bautista has more than 18 years of marketing experience, beginning with gigs in radio and television before moving into tech. Lee has primarily lived in or within walking distance of San Francisco since he was 10 years old and can be seen enjoying a craft beer or an independent movie around the city when he’s not embarrassing himself on a basketball court.