SHS conceives healthcare logistics as the management of supply and distribution flows, with a view to ensuring product availability and attending to the demands of health care centres with stock and minimum handling, transport and storage costs.
The aim of a Healthcare Logistics Platform is to group together into one structure the logistics of healthcare material, pharmaceutical products and other supplies, from which they will be distributed to the points of consumption for the different services (hospitals, healthcare centres, geriatric nursing homes, mental health centres, etc.) providing greater efficiency by reducing costs and optimising resources.
The success of proposing a Healthcare Logistics Platform in Bahrain, for the supply of healthcare and non-healthcare material, is based on the fact that the Platform will be responsible for the integral management of all processes linked to the Replacement Chain, from the identification of needs to the supply of materials to each of its clients; on the performance of these processes by specialists; on the use of the most suitable management and order preparation tools; and on relieving healthcare personnel of onerous logistical tasks. As a result, service quality in the healthcare centres will increase substantially. All this, accompanied by full traceability of materials, by a significant reduction in the total cost of materials (centralisation of purchasing) and services, and by a reduction in stock.
The new Logistics Model created by SHS has two complementary principles:
- Use of an advanced material management concept in the health sector.
- Order capture, receipt, picking and distribution are carried out by specialist staff, freeing the healthcare staff from non-healthcare related work and thus improving quality of patient service.
Numerous benefits are obtained from setting up a logistics platform, including the following:
- Logistics efficiency. Supply chain optimisation.
- Management quality. Reliability of supply.
- Lower costs.
- Stock control and reduction.
- Consumption optimisation and reduction
- Freeing up and optimisation of hospital space.
- Less stock-outs.
- Health staff freed from non-healthcare tasks.
- Less vehicles and people transiting through the hospital.