The XYZ Healthcare Group is a large healthcare organization that operates several hospitals and clinics across the state. Like many healthcare organizations, XYZ struggled with managing its Accounts Payable (AP) process, which was heavily reliant on paper invoices and manual data entry. This led to a high rate of errors, long invoice processing times, and a lack of visibility into key AP performance metrics.
To address these challenges, XYZ decided to implement an AP automation system. The system included features such as electronic invoice capture, automated data entry, and electronic routing and approval. Additionally, the system also included pre-built dashboards that provided real-time visibility into key AP performance metrics, such as invoice processing time, payment backlog, and discounts captured.
One of the key benefits of the system was that it greatly reduced the number of paper invoices that needed to be manually entered into the system. Instead, suppliers could now upload their invoices electronically, which helped to streamline the invoice processing and approval process. Additionally, the system also included a supplier self-service portal, which allowed suppliers to access their invoice history, view payment status, and manage their contact and banking information.
As a result of implementing the AP automation system, XYZ was able to achieve significant improvements in its AP process, including:
- A reduction in invoice processing time from an average of 15 days to just 5 days.
- A reduction in the number of errors and exceptions, which led to a significant reduction in the number of calls and inquiries from suppliers.
- An increase in the number of early payment discounts captured, which helped to improve cash flow and reduce the cost of borrowing.
- Improved visibility into key AP performance metrics, which helped to identify and address areas for improvement.
Overall, the implementation of the AP automation system helped XYZ to significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of its AP process, which led to cost savings and improved supplier relationships.