By hospital logistics, most authors mean¹:
... the important task of ensuring the availability of all resources (personnel, surgery rooms, beds, medications, etc.) required to maintain medical care. When planning process flows in hospitals, several conflicting objectives are often pursued, i.e. not all objectives can be fully met, such as:
- Planning reliability (e.g., high adherence to schedules)
- Efficiency (e.g. high resource utilization)
- Patient satisfaction (e.g. short waiting time)
This definition shows close connections with production logistics.
The software and consulting company ORSOFT GmbH has been commercially involved in production logistics since 1990. In many large companies (e.g. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Grohe AG, Lonza AG, Teva ratiopharm GmbH, Sachsenmilch AG (Müller Milch Group), Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, etc.) ORSOFT products are used for planning.
Advices from SAP colleagues initiated ORSOFT to also deal with the topic of "hospital logistics" since 2008. The following considerations were decisive for this:
- The topic of "multi-resource planning" is becoming interesting for hospitals for several reasons.
- Multi-resource planning problems are solved using Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems (such as SAP APO or ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench), which are state of the art in production logistics.
- ORSOFT is a software and consulting company that offers APS supplements to SAP ERP in the production logistics area.
- An APS supplement to SAP ERP is particularly useful when the APS system SAP SCM of the company SAP cannot be used. This is often the case when SAP industry solutions are used.
- According to current statements, SAP will not offer a planning extension for SAP for Healthcare in the next few years.
This leaves a gap that ORSOFT can fill.
Since the development of an Advanced Planning and Scheduling System and the development of the SAP integration are very complex, ORSOFT gains a big advantage over other providers in the HIS area, since ORSOFT only has to adapt an existing APS system and an existing SAP interface and not develop it from scratch.
¹ [representative for others: Dr. Michael Schröder, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer, both Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM, pdf Krankenhauslogistik (Hospital Logistics, flyer only available in German language)]