The corona pandemic shed light on the challenge of material supply that has previously been a fact in healthcare and other parts of the public sector. There is currently no comprehensive overview of how much material is available at the various operations and at what speed they are consumed, which can lead to both material shortages and surpluses. The Östergötland Region is now joining forces with RISE, IoT World, Kinda Municipality and Linköping Municipality to investigate solutions to the issue.
This project will analyze the entire material supply chain to arrive at where adjustments can be made that improve the inventory overview. The goal is to produce a procurement document with requirements specifications that can be used in the procurement of material supply systems. In addition to Region Östergötland, RISE, IoT World and also the municipalities of Kinda and Linköping, the project will serve as references for how these adaptations can work. The idea is that the procurement documentation can also be used by and applied in other businesses.
The project group will look at technical solutions but also routines. Among other things, they will look at what it looks like where the actual extraction of materials is made and how to make inventories. In the end the wish is to automate as much as possible and to make it easier for the end users, the staff in healthcare and other parts of the public sector.
– As it looks today, we know what comes into our warehouses, but we have no overview of the rate at which it is consumed. We do not see how much material is in stock in the departments, Claes Otterborg, Project Manager at Region Östergötland explains.
– Having a well-functioning material supply for our operations is crucial to be able to provide care. This presupposes good control over the flows of materials, which in turn requires the right system support. The project is an important part of our work to continue to develop the material supply within Region Östergötland and we look forward with confidence to what the results can lead us, adds Charlotta Jonegård, Center Manager for Purchasing, Service and Logistics at Region Östergötland.