Alfa

Medication Logistics

Alfa helps drug distributors, pharmacies, hospitals and care homes to cut costs while providing better services by streamlining the medication distribution processes.

Efficiency

Cost & time savings

A case study carried out by one of our customers operating an 800 bed hospital has documented time savings equivalent to three Full Time Employees in the pharmacy and twelve FTE‘s at the hospital wards. Furthermore, this research revealed a 6-8% reduction in products maintained on stock, resulting in less capital tied up in medication stock.

Time savings

  • Automated replenishment orders
  • Labour-intensive processes are automated
  • Extensive time savings:
    • In the pharmacy
    • At the clinical wards

Better stock management

  • Pharmacy gets 100% overview
  • Less capital tied up in medication stocks
  • Faster stock turnaround
  • Less expiration-related waste
  • Fewer stock outs
  • Fewer acute orders

Other key benefits

  • Using state-of-the-art tools increases job satisfaction
  • Alfa takes advantage of bar-coding technology
  • Alfa supports logistics for commodities as well as medicines

Overview

Traceabillity & communication

Alfa provides 100% overview of all wards throughout an entire organisation. All product movements and all user actions are logged.

Complete overview in pharmacy

  • 100% overview of all ward stock levels
  • Shipment frequency is optimised
  • Products are fully traceable
  • Deliveries are electronically signed for by the wards
  • Extensive support maintaining formulary based on usage history

Great tool for the wards

  • Overview of products in transit
  • Users on the clinical wards can search throughout the entire hospital network for medications or other stocked products
  • Overview of generic substitutions made by pharmacy

Improved collaboration

  • Structured communications
    • Between wards
    • Between pharmacy and wards
  • Effective notification of delivery problems
    • Explaining cause and expected solution
    • Suggesting workarounds

Safety

Availability & reliability

Alfa provides safety on different levels.

Availability

  • Usage history makes it easy to calibrate ward stock order values
  • Automated orders minimise the likelihood of stock-outs
  • In case of stock-outs, a powerful search feature minimises the time required to search for the nearest stock with availability within the entire hospital network.

Security

  • Products are fully traceable
  • Configurable privileges
  • User actions are traceable
  • Alfa provides decision support when product substitution is needed
  • Optional module available for handling controlled medication

Proven technology

  • Alfa is a reliable software solution designed for availability and fail-over
  • The solution has been running successfully in small and large settings since 2008
  • Alfa is fully web-based

Flexibility

Multiple deployment scenarios

Alfa is designed to act as a solution hub, bringing together different medication related software solutions. This enables a best of breed approach where organisations can choose the solutions that fit them best. This can be beneficial in multi-organisational structures where networked hospitals or long-term care facilities use different solutions but need to collaborate with a single provider of medicines such as pharmacy or a distributor.

Medication provider

  • Alfa supports order routing to multiple stock control systems.
  • These can be traditional shelf- based systems or automated dispensing robots (Unit– or multidose)
  • Alfa can deliver great benefits by only integrating with a medication stock control system
  • For further benefits, Alfa can be integrated with financial systems (ERP)

Wards

  • Ward users can get full benefits of Alfa without third party solutions
  • Alternatively, Alfa can be integrated with third party ward dispensing software or medication cabinets
  • Alfa is also used in some settings to order commodities

Flexible deployment

  • Alfa can be deployed in several ways solving different needs
  • Examples:
    • Simple setting with one pharmacy & one hospital
    • Larger scale hospital groups and multiple pharmacies
    • Multiple organisations serviced by a distributor or outsourcing pharmacy