No longer will patients circle ‘carrots’ or ‘green beans’ on their lunch card, but instead, they have the ability to order when they are hungry. Many hospitals are capitalizing on the benefits of technology by offering patients the convenience of order-placement through touch screen tablets. This reduces cost of labor, and ensures ordering accuracy. Technological advances are also found in the physical delivery of food, as more and more facilities are turning to robots to do their butler servicing. This approach to hospital room service is beneficial to operators, as well, as they are able to significantly reduce their waste production, while also mitigating back of house stress of feeding thousands of patients simultaneously with walk-in consumers.
Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.