New Techniques For Streamlining The Inbound Supply Chain For The Clinical Lab IndustrySource: UPS Healthcare
With the shift toward high-volume, centralized clinical laboratories, the profitability of today’s laboratory hinges on its ability to receive specimens, rapidly route them to the specific department for testing and return the results to the physician as quickly as possible. Yet for many labs, the inbound supply chain model practiced has not kept pace with the sophistication of the actual tests performed. Fortunately, new techniques exist for streamlining the inbound supply chain — in some cases radically — to weed out inefficiencies, speed up testing, and return results to physicians more rapidly. By partnering with the right logistics provider, labs can benefit from their technological capabilities including tools and information to expedite specimen processing both at the clinic, doctors office or hospital, as well as when it is delivered to the lab.