Adviseinc Newsletter Dec 2020

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This time last year, who could have predicted how 2020 would turn out!

The Healthcare procurement family has rallied to support so many front line staff with PPE during an exceptional year with Covid-19 and we couldn’t be prouder to support you. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 

As we reflect on 2020, we wanted to share with you some of the 🍊 highlights.

  • Created StockWatch to support 200+ organisations track PPE
  • Developed new analytics to better help category managers (more below)
  • Streamlined our analytics to give you the quickest experience on the market
  • Welcomed back customers who now see the difference in what we do
  • Created new partnerships to deliver greater value to our customers
  • Helped save our PD+ customers an additional £3m (an ROI of 20:1+)
  • Created new web-based applications to help Increase Capacity
  • Built workplan solutions for local teams
  • Implemented PD & StockWatch across the whole of NHS Wales
  • Helped cleanse catalogues for several trusts across all catalogue systems
  • Will launch the first comprehensive PDF reporting in PD 
  • Started our NEW Sustainability Analysis with ICSs – more to come on this!

And we’re not stopping there!

We’ve already drafted plans for our major developments in 21/22 so expect new analytics and tools with increased capability, as we continue to help you #MakeSense of your data and help you deliver better value across your organisations.

If you’d like to have more of a say on our development and roadmap, join our NEW User Group below.

Category Analysis just got a lot more insightful!

It doesn’t happen often when your day job is creating new insights, but occasionally you look at the new insight you’ve created and say to yourself: ‘wow … this could be another game-changer for Healthcare procurement’ AND that’s exactly what happened with AdviseInc’s new Category Analysis tool.

Developed with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire STP, Category Analysis provides a level of insight that puts procurement firmly in control when understanding spend within a category.

As the region moves to ICS working, the Procurement and Supply Chain collaboration within the region is growing apace. This presents a number of challenges but at the same time many opportunities. As part of this work Rob Drag, Director of R2 Consulting, is working with Rob Webb, Director of Procurement and Commercial Services and colleagues across the STP, driving much closer working between the procurement teams and data.

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“The level of change across the STP has been rapid, with a programme of investment across the Procurement and Supply Chain team. The level of information they’re capturing is increasing month by month. The challenge was to ensure the organisation made use of the information” said Rob Drag.

After a number of options were considered the STP extended its partnership with AdviseInc.

Together we created a clear road map, focusing initially on Clinical areas but also developing greater visibility within Non-Clinical categories, an often unloved part of the procurement remit.

This joint approach utilises information to support a wide range of Procurement transformation programmes across the region.

Rob Drag commented: “We now connect the patient, to the procedure, to the surgeon, to the location, to the product, to the supplier. We can look across clinical categories and see the % of the product is being used and how that fits with what we have contracted. Working closely with Category Towers and NHS Supply Chain we get the first clear view of warehouse to patient and we’ve now got full visibility of the products our teams use and know whether we should be using them or not.”

Rob Webb added: “It’s the first time we’ve seen such a detailed view of our spend and it’s enabling much closer working and informed discussion with our clinical colleagues. Being insight-led is not only benefitting our trusts, but it’s also benefiting the patient, who is at the centre of the Procurement vision as we look to continually reduce risk, improve outcomes and ensure we’re spending taxpayers money as effectively as possible.”

R2 works with organisations to make improvements using Supply Chain Management principles and methodologies. We believe Supply Chain services should be designed so that Clinical staff are able to focus on their core role of patient care. This enables improvements in safety and can underpin an organisation’s efficiency. R2 simplifies the process of improvement by breaking down all changes into three key building blocks – People, Process & Technology. /

See what Category Analysis could do for your team

PD v3.07 went live this week

The next iteration of PD launched this week with many new features and bug fixes. We’ve also joined both MIA and Intellicentrics rep credentialing data together to simplify the interface for you.

One feature that didn’t quite make it is our new PDF HealthCheck Report.  Developed with a number of NHS trusts it provides more information than ever in a PDF, meaning you don’t need to be in the analysis if you’re meeting key stakeholders.  Simply set the report to run and then share it over email.  It’s going to be a game changer for anyone responsible for suppliers, divisions or categories.

We’ll aim to launch this new feature before Christmas in v3.08.

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Want to shape the future of Spend Analytics?

We’ve got lots of exciting developments in our roadmap for 21/22 and we’d like you to join us and help shape the future. 

We’ve already started work on Sustainability & Single-Use Plastic analysis, we’re developing a new Workplan solution and our enhanced Category and Contract Management Analysis is evolving rapidly.  Plus, we’re re-platforming our analytics in the new year and your input to shape our next-generation solutions to meet your needs is really important.

Do join us and help shape the future of analytics in Procurement.

Sign me up to the 21/22 User Group



AdviseInc helps the healthcare system #makesense of non-pay spend and market analytics. We work with Buyer and Supplier to drive greater efficiency for the healthcare system and taxpayers.

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