Healthcare providers are facing unprecedented demand that continues to outstrip current and planned increases in funding. This places a premium on finding better ways to treat patients and optimise patient services. A managed service allows hospitals to invest in affordable and effective facilities but, in order to maximise efficiencies and savings, we have developed a fully integrated clinical consumable management service.
Althea manages more than £20M of clinical consumables, devices, contrast media and operational consumables every year. Althea’s consumables management service forms part of an outsourced managed service can save NHS, HSE and private hospitals up to 30% on their clinical consumable and device expenditure on a vendor-neutral basis. Our bespoke IT infrastructure provides integrated procurement, inventory management and procedure-level costings data – optimising stock levels and providing invaluable management data to Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and Endoscopy clinical services.
As a GS1-registered company with a fully integrated track-and-trace process complying with all Scan4Safety criteria, Althea has proven capability and capacity to deliver safe, efficient, and patient-focused consumable management service. Our robust and resilient service ensures that high-quality clinical consumables and devices are provided to labs, suites, theatres and rooms in the right quantities at the right time - traced from origin to patient. This enables clinical teams to deliver safe, compliant, sustainable, and patient-centric services.
Our partner inventory management systems are ISO9001-certificated, GS1-accredited and CfMD-certified. Additionally, our service allows optional access to paperless device management system which provides a complete data, management and reporting system for the registration and remote monitoring of pacemakers, ICDs and loop recorders.
Our partner device management system is ISO9001- and ISO13485-certificated too.
Both IT systems are cloud-based and are provided by Crown Commercial Service G-Cloud 9 Framework-approved suppliers and can be securely accessed via the Health & Social Care Network, formerly known as N3, with which Althea is accredited.
The consumable management service includes full-time on-site stock management staff as well as complete inventory management system that ensures there is zero stock obsolescence and reduce customer staff overheads. As consumables or devices are ordered, a synchronous order for replacement stock is automatically generated and the associated cost assigned to a customers' patient-level costing system to increase efficiency and eliminate stock obsolescence.