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The business of pharmacy
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The business of pharamcy

Why Indiana University Health's pharmacy has a seat in the C-suite

Key insight: Indiana University Health is Indiana's most comprehensive health system and is comprised of hospitals, physicians and allied hospital services dedicated to providing preeminent care to Indiana and beyond. Cardinal Health partnered with the IU pharmacy team to become more than just a traditional distributor –– providing goals and metrics for success through Statements of Work (SOWs). The SOW model helped to make guaranteed savings possible.

Case Study IU Health
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Changing the Standard of Care

Bedside Discharge Prescriptions Improves Patient Care

Key insight: HackensackUMC partnered with Cardinal Health to develop a leading–edge bedside concierge service aimed at improving post–discharge outcomes. The concierge program was a success, with the majority of patients enrolling, making HackensackUMC more of a one–stop shop for delivering patient–centered care.

Case Study Hackensack Bedside
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One New York health system blazes the way for eliminating latex from your hospital

Key insight: Approximately 8 – 12% of healthcare workers are sensitive to natural rubber latex. Ellis Medicine addressed this growing concern by overcoming inaccurate perceptions and garnering system-wide support to eliminate latex surgical gloves completely from the operating room (OR) environment.

One New York health system blazes the way for eliminating latex from your hospital
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Recapturing clinical value

Covenant Health Systems brings pharmacists to the hospital floor.

Key insight: Driven to lower cost, enhance the quality of patient care, and better satisfy. Clinical pharmacists have been integrated with the clinical team on the floor to assist with patients and decision making and also to ensure that quality is being improved as costs are being lowered.

Recapturing clinical value
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Solutions for Patient Safety #1: Working to make Ohio's children's hospital safer

Ohio children's hospitals join forces to improve quality of healthcare.

Key insight: A common mission and a well-organized effort among different hospitals can drive positive changes to patient care. To date, a 50 percent reduction in surgical site infections and a 34.5 percent reduction in adverse drug events have been realized.

Solutions for Patient Safety #1: Working to make Ohio's children's hospitals safer
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Solutions for Patient Safety #2: Working to make Ohio's hospitals the safest in the nation

The partnership brought together 17 acute care adult hospitals and eight children's hospitals.

Key insight: Key learnings and best practices can result in standardized processes that help improve patient care for an entire region. The initiative has since resulted in 14 saved lives, the avoidance of 918 additional patient days and $7.5 million in annual savings.

Solutions for Patient Safety #2: Working to make Ohio's hospitals the safest in the nation
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2-Bin Kanban, an innovative approach to inventory management

Bellevue medical Center case study

Key insight: In November 2012, an innovative 2-Bin Kanban supply chain system was piloted at Bellevue Medical Center. Based on Lean Six Sigma principles, this solution significantly reduces the time clinicians spent in the storeroom – freeing clinicians to spend more time with patients, rather than engage in supply chain activities.

2-Bin Kanban, an innovative approach to inventory management
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Connecting care

How data automation improves nuclear medicine management at Catholic Medical Center.

Key insight: Accurate and efficient sharing of patient data across multiple and disparate information systems is at the heart of improving care. Data automation improves efficiency and accuracy, frees up labor capacity and above all, enhances patient safety. Nuclear medicine departments like Catholic Medical Center in New Hampshire are also leveraging data automation to improve patient outcomes.

Connecting care
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Recovering health

How University Medical Center mitigates high drug costs for indigent patients.

Key insight: One-hundred-percent managed by Cardinal Health, the eRecovery™ program helps hospitals and their indigent patients access manufacture-driven Patient Assistance Programs. The eRecovery™ program has served more than 15,600 UMC patients since late 2004 and recovered $2.5 million in drug costs for UMC between July 2011 and June 2012.

Recovering health
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Better supply chain, better healthcare

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Cardinal Health collaborate to lower costs while improving quality.

Key insight: Making quality Job #1 and "doing things right the first time," which reduces errors, improves productivity and drives down supply chain costs. To date: nearly $20 million and 24,000 labor hours saved.

Better supply chain, better healthcare
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Retaking healthcare by storm

Ochsner and Cardinal Health are creating a new model in New Orleans.

Focus on drug spend rebate opportunities and improve the efficiency of ordering process by utilizing AccountSource Rx and Interdepartmental Billing. Results from 2010: ROI of $2.3M due to paying invoices quicker and reduced turn on invoices by 50%.

Retaking healthcare by storm
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Operational Excellence

The path to success in the new world of healthcare.

Key insight: The Cardinal Health Operational Excellence teams span the healthcare continuum, improving processes in both pharmaceutical and medical-surgical disciplines and across all sites of care.

Operational Excellence
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Pharmacy of the future

Grane Rx goes Lean to improve long term care.

Key insight: Long before new regulations for short cycle dispensing were ever written, Grane Rx was planning to replace punch cards with multi-med strip packs. As a result, Grane Rx partnered with Cardinal Health and now has new capacity to serve more residents, without investing more resources. Grane Rx has the Lean culture to help create the pharmacy of the future.

Pharmacy of the future
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Automating efficiency

Kroger creates a Lean model for Central Fill Pharmacy.

Key insight: Kroger's own emerging Lean Six Sigma team partnered with Cardinal Health to optimize the pharmacies' existing automation processes. Cardinal Health and Kroger were able to share learnings and accelerate success in a pilot facility. Kroger was able to grow its Central Fill Pharmacy capacity without adding equipment and labor.

Automating efficiency
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Decentralizing the pharmacy

Baystate Health is transforming its pharmacy model to improve patient safety while enhancing labor and inventory management efficiency.

Key insight: Baystate Health, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, is moving its pharmacy from a centralized to decentralized model.  To help in this transition, CardinalASSIST® was implemented to improve workflow while lowering medication errors and costs.  Baystate Health was able to lower inventory, pick fewer products and order less while ultimately allowing the pharmacist to focus more on patient care.

Decentralizing the pharmacy
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Right on par

Baptist Health optimizes inventory levels to lower costs.

Key insight: At Baptist Health - one of Kentucky's largest health systems - the supply chain has been a significant source of savings for years. Baptist Health relies on ValueLink® Par Optimization to lower inventory costs and increase supply chain efficiencies. Not only has Par Optimization raised service levels to clinicians, but it also saved Baptist Health $215,000 in inventory costs, eliminated a delivery day, and reduced the number of lines picked per week…and Baptist Health is just getting started.

Right on par
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Driving value through supply chain assessment

Same Day SurgiClinic of New England and Cardinal Health collaborate on a procedural solution.

Key insight: Taking the time to understand the problems and opportunities through a thorough assessment process leads to optimal solutions. To date: OR turnover time reduced by 50 percent as well as improved efficiency and inventory management leading to reduced waste.

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Leading with logistics

How The Nebraska Medical Center lowers supply chain costs.

Key Insight: The Nebraska Medical Center outsourced its supply chain to Cardinal Health to achieve its goal of reducing overall expenses by 15 percent over the next three years. NMC and Cardinal Health collaborated on a five-point plan to meet several supply chain outsourcing goals.

Leading with logistics
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Optimizing your supply chain

Key Insight: How to drive cost out of the healthcare system. The paper is part of the Essential Insights on The Business of Healthcare series which describes insights, perspectives, emerging trends and best practices with an emphasis on major issues in healthcare today.

Optimizing your supply chain
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Supply chain solutions for Truman Medical Center

Cardinal Health Supply Solutions team takes a multi-pronged approach to drive value throughout the supply chain.

Key insight: Understanding the complete supply chain requires subject matter experts and real-life experience, and a commitment to a collaborative partnership. As a result of this partnership, Truman Medical Center has experienced their highest fill rates to date and nearly $3 million in realized savings.

Supply chain solutions for Truman Medical Center
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Taking control

How Long Island's leading health system achieved reduced risk and increased control through a joint supply chain consolidation strategy.

Key Insight: Cardinal Health helped guide the development of a hybrid IDC distribution model providing expertise on engineering and infrastructure, information technology, warehouse operations and logistics, clinical standardization and Lean Six Sigma processes that reengineered site supply chain logistics.

Taking control
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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Automated dispensing system

Building a high performance automated dispensing system for a 300-bed, not-for-profit hospital in the mid-Atlantic region.

Key insight: A 300-bed hospital was concerned about the impact of stock-outs and excess refills on workflow and patient care. They wanted to optimize their investment in Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), so they called on the automation experts at Cardinal Health.

Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Automated dispensing system
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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Automation optimization

Improving productivity through automation optimization at a 700-bed integrated delivery system in the South.

Key insight: When a hospital invests heavily in Automatic Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), optimizing the performance of every cabinet is essential. Otherwise, ADCs can sap nursing and pharmacy productivity and erode patient satisfaction and safety. This is why one hospital in the South engaged the automation experts at Cardinal Health.

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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Controlling drug costs

Controlling drug costs using the Cardinal Health Drug Cost Control Service.

Key insight: With a projected year over year increase in drug costs of as much as three percent across all settings, organization must find ways to contain pharmacy costs. Cardinal Health does more than identify saving opportunities. Our experts help you implement and maintain cost savings, providing sustained improvements in purchasing, formulary management and forecasting drug expenditures.

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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Unlocking hidden savings

By partnering with Cardinal Health, a ten-hospital system in the Midwest was able to unlock hidden savings.

Key insight: In a time of reimbursement reductions and declining revenue, cost reduction is an imperative for every healthcare organization. By working with Cardinal Health, one hospital discovers that you can cut costs and improve outcomes.

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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Cut costs without cutting quality

A not-for-profit healthcare system was able to cut costs without cutting quality

Key insight: To offset declining reimbursement rates, a leading not-for-profit healthcare system engaged Cardinal Health to uncover inefficiencies, reduce the cost of medication and decrease time spent in managing medication inventories.

Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Cut costs without cutting quality
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Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Increase cash flow

Hospitals are able to increase cash flow using the Cardinal Health Inventory Optimization Service.

Key insight: Hospitals across the country are working with Cardinal Health to optimize their inventories. The result? Better cash flow, which can be put to good use on other important projects.

Transforming the pharmacy into a strategic asset: Increase cash flow
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Discovered savings

How Halifax Health saves 11 percent on IT contract renewals.

Key insight: In the new world of healthcare, the pressure has never been greater to cut costs while maintaining quality of care. Health systems everywhere are looking at their entire spend for new opportunities to save money. For Halifax Health, that search has uncovered substantial savings that have been 'hidden' in a most unexpected place: the renewal of IT maintenance contracts.

Discovered savings
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Creating efficiency in laboratory supply process

The Cardinal Health Connect System is a comprehensive inventory management solution that uses custom product bar codes and scanners to significantly reduce the time labs spend ordering supplies.

Key insight: Custom ordering solutions can drive great visibility, efficiency and savings. To date, the number of purchase orders placed decreased by 18 percent and a 27 percent reduction in freight expenses was realized.

Creating efficiency in the laboratory supply process
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Freight savings at CellNetix

CellNetix�� implemented the Cardinal Health OptiFreight�� Logistics program to streamline their supply chain and reduce freight costs.

Key insight: A standardized shipping process can reduce current and future freight expense while also providing visibility into total freight spending. To date, a reduction of over $20,000 in freight expense on inbound manufacturer shipments was realized in the first 12 months.

Freight savings at CellNetix��
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Growing integrated delivery networks

Key Insight: How to better manage patient populations in the rapidly evolving world of healthcare. The paper is part of the Essential Insights on The Business of Healthcare series which describes insights, perspectives, emerging trends and best practices with an emphasis on major issues in healthcare today.

Growing integrated delivery networks
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The power of one partnership

DCH Health System optimizes supply chain ROI by working with Cardinal Health to create a single, seamless solution.

Key insight: Focus on total cost, instead of product price. And, create new value by combining med-surg with pharmaceutical distribution, adding pharmacy data analytics and much more.

The power of one partnership
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Turnaround in healthcare

How Tri-City Medical Center is making the most of healthcare reform.

Key Insight: TCMC implemented solutions such as DemanData Systems, Lean Six Sigma principles and ValueLink® Supply Management Services to turn their business around. To date: $20 million positive shift in just over one year: from a $7 million loss to a $13 million gain.

Turnaround in healthcare
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Giving back

How Cardinal Health supports America’s troops.

Key Insight: Learn how Cardinal Health has donated a total of $425,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Giving back
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One dies every 19 minutes

Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate and must be stopped.

The Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Medicine have paired up to create Generation Rx toolkits to educate the community on the dangers and trends of prescription drug abuse. Since early 2010, thousands have participated in the program and 90.3% of youth participants reported being less likely to share prescription drugs. Partnered with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), toolkits are now available to 119 colleges and schools of pharmacy within the US.

One dies every 19 minutes
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