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Marshfield Clinic Health System saves $1.2M with parts procurement automation

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The health system’s biomed director, who manages 32,000 pieces of equipment, tells a compelling tale of moving from paper to a digital, data-driven system. The main campus of the Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin Marshfield Clinic Health System is a fast-growing health system in Wisconsin. Since 2017, it has jumped from one to nine hospitals and now has more than 1,200 providers totaling 86 specialties.

MCHS also has a health plan and a healthcare technology management department that manages more than 32,000 pieces of equipment. That department also has grown exponentially: In 2018 it managed just 8,000 pieces.

THE PROBLEM

“There was no way we were going to keep up with this growth without adding substantial biomedical support staff,” said Jay Olson, system biomed director at Marshfield Clinic Health System. “And when you need support staff for the support staff, that doesn’t fly. In our world of managing equipment and people, the last thing you want to do is add more people.”However, the way we ran the HTM department was very inefficient,” he continued. “Like many healthcare organizations, we weren’t using automation or leveraging analytics to manage the procurement of parts and services for medical […]

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