- Analytics & Modeling - Big Data Analytics
- Analytics & Modeling - Predictive Analytics
- Healthcare & Hospitals
- Human Resources
- Quality Assurance
- Demand Planning & Forecasting
- Inventory Management
- Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
- Testing & Certification
Apria Healthcare, a leading provider of home respiratory services and medical equipment in the United States, was looking to expand its high-quality care services into new markets. However, the company faced challenges in identifying cost centers due to its manual forecasting system. The company's spreadsheet-driven forecasting system made it difficult to understand the true cost of operations, which was crucial for a healthcare organization of their size. The company gathered a lot of data about the market for their specialist products, but the inconsistent and inaccurate data capturing and usage made it difficult to focus on the most promising opportunities. The company needed a solution that would help them understand their true operational costs, increase efficiencies, control costs, and build more competitive pricing models for their services.
About The Customer
Apria Healthcare is one of the leading providers of home respiratory services and related medical equipment in the United States. The company's services are used in areas such as oxygen therapy, inhalation therapies, sleep apnea treatment, and negative pressure wound therapy. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Apria owns and operates more than 400 locations throughout the United States and serves more than 1.2 million patients each year. The company aims to offer patients the highest-quality services at the best possible price and is constantly looking to grow the business and reach new customers.
Apria Healthcare partnered with Aviana to replace its spreadsheet-driven forecasting system with a centralized, best-practice approach. The company decided to build a centralized approach to forecasting and selected IBM® Cognos® TM1® on Cloud as their enterprise-class solution. Working together with a team from IBM Premier Business Partner Aviana, Apria Healthcare built a secure budgeting and forecasting environment for its distribution business. By deploying the solution in the cloud, the finance team gained the flexibility to scale its analytics environment to meet immediate business needs, while reducing its dependence on internal IT support. The solution allowed the company to sidestep many of the traditional on-premises hardware issues and focus on developing a solution that would give their users exactly what they need.
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