It is not unusual for an atmospheric/industrial gas supplier to provide bulk, microbulk or packaged medical grade oxygen to the healthcare industry. Successively, many independent gas distributors supplying medical oxygen have experienced a demand surge with the pandemic.
At a definite level, the two kindred industries have much in common: the two had been joined at the hip with shared cylinder control requirements. Respiratory patients, at least those not sick enough to warrant the rising costs of hospital stays, were released to homecare companies equipped to supply the patient with medical grade home oxygen. While plug-in and portable oxygen concentrators are the modern model for supply, there are occasions where a patient will still be seen with a cylinder in tow – most often the aluminium ‘E’ cylinders.
The company that subsidises my mortgage and other bad habits (CU) supplies enterprise software to both of these industries. The common denominators are obvious: order creation, inventory control (including cylinder content and use), purchasing, payables, reporting… Then it stops. The complexity of prescription fulfillment, third party (insurance) billing, co-pays, deductibles, documentation, compliance, and auditing whisper beware to anyone that may have previously survived a bad experience with quicksand.
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