Queensland Health (QH) is to implement a new warehouse management system at its Central Pharmacy (CP) business unit to improve the efficiency of delivering pharmaceuticals and dental products to all QH hospitals and clinics.
The agency currently uses the enterprise-wide pharmacy software system iPharmacy, supplied and maintained by iSoft to connect all QH pharmacy departments with CP.
According to Queensland Health, all processes within the CP warehouse are completely paper-based where automation ends at the release of a picking list. Dental products also rely on the Pronto application for managing stock order processes.
QH’s Shared Services Partner (SSP) agency, which supplies clinical consumables and as part of QH’s Supply Chain Management Integration Strategy (SCMIS) Project, will also benefit from the new system.
SSP’s SAP-based enterprise materials management system, FAMMIS, outputs to manual paper-based order processing and control during the order lodgement process. Queensland Health’s Dental agency also uses the FAMMIS system.
“CP has experienced growth of 8-10% per year on gross annual turnover and this growth is expected to continue,” documents on the new warehouse system read. “CP must develop greater efficiencies and effectiveness in its operations to respond to continual growth with the risk of a less skilled and experienced workforce.”
Queensland Health expects the system’s increased accuracy of order picking to result in less goods returns and decreased potential for delays to patient care.
Increased inventory accuracy and monitoring of stock use by dates will also result in cost savings through reduced write offs.
Real time data capture enabling order status tracking and better operational planning as well as help cut down on costs.
Earlier this month it was revealed that fixing Queensland's health payroll bungle had cost taxpayers at least $4 million.
The new system introduced in March saw hundreds of Queensland Health staff underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.