Influence of Individual Hospital Characteristics on Medicinal Products Replenishment Methods in a Hospital Pharmacy
Purpose: The aim of this article is to present the results of the research, the subject of which was to determine the influence of individual hospital characteristics on medicinal products replenishment methods in a hospital pharmacy. Design/Methodology/Approach: In order to answer the stated research questions, a statistical analysis was carried out of the obtained research results on the digitalisation of logistics processes in the pharmacy industry. The hypotheses were verified using Spearman's correlation. Findings: Activities related to the digitization of in-hospital logistics processes can significantly contribute to the support of the treatment process, thanks to the use of appropriate solutions and tools contributing to the streamlining of selected activities performed by medical personnel. There are a number of features that differentiate healthcare entities, such as the size of the hospital, the level of reference, or the use of IT tools. Practical Implications: Hospitals play an important role in the health care system by providing medical services to citizens. The purpose of providing hospital services is primarily the implementation of the treatment process aimed at preserving, saving, restoring or improving the health of patients who use such services. Originality value: The present research, with the verification of hypotheses, was conducted for the first time in this area. The digitalisation of logistics processes in hospitals has not been verified by this research method to this point, in terms of business practice.