Food procurement is not the largest or most complex area of spend within a hospital system, but is often the place where Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) end up overspending. Whether it’s labor or food costs, or hidden expenses in outsourcer contracts, food spend can get out of control fast, and when you dig in, the details and data can be overwhelming.

Tom Swapp, Vice President of Market Development – Acute for Direct Supply DSSI, discusses the challenges of food procurement in hospital systems, as well as the ways in which DSSI Analyze can keep food spend low.

Where is your food spend going?

You know the cost of every bed and bandage…but what about every banana? While there are many tools on the market that give some indication of where your spend is going, it is essential to know specifics in order to make any meaningful change.

This is where DSSI Analyze comes in. It’s the only tool I know of on the market that can tell you by high-level categorization where you spend is at, then drill into the next level of detail to tell you what to do next, and the next level below that to get down to cost of raw goods. DSSI Analyze can help you move up and down the specificity spectrum to see where the spend is not optimized, and how to fix it.

“DSSI Analyze can help you move up and down the specificity spectrum to see where the spend is not optimized, and how to fix it.”

How does DSSI Analyze integrate with food spend in hospitals?

Working with data from your AP and ERP systems, combined with our proprietary modeling, categorization and visualization tools, DSSI Analyze helps you get a handle on what you’re spending where, and how to get the most out of every dollar.

Whether you’re spending too much on pancakes or the people making the pancakes, you can look at your macro spend by site, by category, or go down to the details on those scratch pancakes versus pancake mix versus pre-prepared heat & serve pancakes. Which are on contract, which have a rebate, which are frequently out of stock and have more expensive substitutions…the list goes on and on. And that’s just pancakes.

Other applications in food procurement

Translate this approach out to juice, proteins, modified diets, kitchen equipment, food delivery systems, you name it, and DSSI and DSSI Analyze can help you track it and optimize it, at every site and across your entire system. Plus, our DSSI eProcurement system can help you deploy the savings and deliver compliance now and in the future, taking your savings from hypothetical to actual in just a few clicks, and making sure your teams can sustain them year after year, order after order.

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Tom Swapp

Tom Swapp is the Vice President of Market Development – Acute for Direct Supply DSSI. Tom joined DSSI in 2019 after many years of building expertise in the world of hospital supply chain. Tom holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Economics and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.