Yooz Client Success Story - UNITE HERE HEALTH

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Summary

Business: UNITE HERE HEALTH

Location: Aurora, Illinois 

Industry: Healthcare/Nonprofit

ERP/Accounting Software: Sage Intacct

Number of Invoices: 850/month

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Paperless

Less paper to manage, no more mailing costs or lost documents

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Speed

Cut cycle time by at least half, generating cost
savings

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Traceability

Full traceability on operations, documents, and expenditures

UNITE HERE HEALTH AP Challenges and the Yooz Solution Fit
 
With regional offices in large metro areas such as New York, Las Vegas and Chicago as well as other cities around the U.S., UNITE HERE HEALTH previously managed invoices manually, requiring labor and resources which were needed elsewhere. Excluding Las Vegas, regional offices were required to collect documents and send them to the office in Las Vegas or headquarters in Illinois for entry, proper coding, review and approval for payment. At the end of each year, boxes full of invoices had to be packed and shipped offsite for storage before new folders had to be created for the upcoming year.

In order to shorten cycle times, increase  visibility and boost overall productivity, Mr. Schmidt embarked on a “lean initiative” to go paperless and move the accounting workflow into the cloud. He went looking for a best-in-class AP solution that was easy to implement and did not require extensive training. He found the ideal vendor with Yooz.
"We looked at five offerings, but only Yooz did exactly as advertised. I liked the ease of implementation and its true OCR capabilities. Yooz adapted to our business needs and ERP system instead of us adjusting to the software."

Bryan Schmidt

Controller

Main Pain Points

 

  • Lost documents, storage issues and high mailing costs

  • Lengthy processing time from receipt to payment

  • Lack of reporting visibility including outstanding liabilities
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Implementation of Yooz for UNITE HERE HEALTH
 
UHH went live with Yooz in August 2016 at its headquarters in Aurora, which processes two-thirds of its monthly volume of 850 invoices. The second largest office in Las Vegas will follow suit expected sometime in 2017.
 
“It was the smoothest rollout I’ve ever experienced,” recalls Schmidt. At the end of 2016, employees for the very last time boxed up paper invoices and have since switched to a paperless AP workflow. Invoices are either stamped with a special Yooz stamp and scanned into the cloud or submitted electronically.
 
The initial group of 60 users across the company quickly became familiar with Yooz and were eager to go paperless. “I was worried about the cultural change of moving from filing paper to the cloud, but people immediately gravitated toward it and gave positive feedback,” says Schmidt. The plan is to add another 10 to 20 users once Yooz goes live at the UHH office in Las Vegas.
 
The mobile interface has proven to be particularly beneficial since it lets the controller and other managers view and approve invoices from anywhere on their smartphone. Approving invoices on the road means fewer delays and speedier turnaround times. “We now receive email reminders from Yooz and just have to click on a link to approve something. It’s easier, faster and lets you see who has done what,” says Schmidt.
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“With Yooz, we know where documents are at all times. Before, it may have taken hours to find out just what the volumes were. People would come to my office to look for files or invoices. Now, I can find things quickly and run reports since I have easy access to all relevant documents.”

- Bryan Schmidt, Controller

The results seen by UNITE HERE HEALTH

The partial rollout of Yooz has already resulted in a dramatic cut in AP cycle times. What used to take weeks now takes 4 days and has since further shrunk to currently 2.5 days The improvements are due to capturing, automatically coding and storing invoices in the cloud instead of handling paper or sending around PDF files.

With these time savings come additional benefits that can be summarized as financial intelligence. As Yooz observes and learns from clerks’ keystrokes, it can continuously improve GL coding, reducing
errors.
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