The Client Challenge
A 1700-bed regional health system began a back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP) replacement project to modernize its 20-year-old systems and leverage new cloud ERP technology to standardize processes, gain efficiencies, and enable growth.
Having grown through acquisition, the health system operated its facilities independently, with inconsistent supply chain processes across hospitals, clinics, and research facilities—creating redundancies, duplicative master data, and complex system design.
STANDARDIZING SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESSES AND MASTER DATA CAN:
- Improve inventory management and reduce inventory holding costs and waste.
- Eliminate redundancies and streamline business processes across the enterprise.
- Generate savings through strategic sourcing and tier improvements for group purchasing organizations.
- Reduce labor-intensive, nonclinical procurement workflow and improve productivity levels.
- Reduce “maverick” spending by managing off-contract spending and hard-wiring procurement decisions.
Navigating to Next: The Solution
The health system turned to Chartis as a guide to partner with internal teams and Workday to lead the program office, change management, and human capital, finance, and supply chain workstreams. A first step was engaging the Operations team to define the desired level of transformation. The result: deeply involved leaders—focused on the priorities and accountable for realizing benefits like improved inventory management, reduced waste, and lower off-contract spending.
End users were involved in process redesign— focused on the most challenging workflows and consensus across facilities. Process standardization centered on improving productivity levels for supply chain planning, supplier invoices, payment processing, and the warehouse team. Design decisions were made to automate procurement decisions to enforce cost controls. Teams were aligned on remote inventory management and simplified nonclinical procurement, enhanced reporting, and normalized item master and supplier data. Enterprise item categorization set a foundation for robust strategic sourcing and value analysis.