Physician preference items continue to be more than 40% of the overall cost of the supply chain but are the most difficult to manage for a variety of reasons. These vary from inaccuracies of the analysis owing to bad quality data to a distrust between physicians and supply chain managers. Specifically:
- Lack of standardized item masters with accurate pricing information inhibits basic analysis such as total material cost of a procedure
- Missing or inaccurate brand, UOM and consumption data leads to wrong analysis and results
- Non-standardized procedure names inhibit comparison of like procedures and ability to identify anomalies.
- Scanning methods and other older technologies for the capture of consumption data lead to missed consumption
- Application of old technologies and methodologies leads to wrong bill of material data