December 2018

The involvement of the supply chain in sustainability initiatives is a powerful role that should not be overlooked. With the significant spend that the healthcare supply chain has, implementing sustainability improvements in the products and services it provides is essential. The supply chain’s commitment to improve sustainability...

As supply expenses continue to rise, it is critical for clinical teams to partner with the supply chain to control pricing variations. New technology advances and utilization variances often are contributing factors to these pricing discrepancies. Clinicians and supply chain teams can work closely together to...

Freight and shipments are essential, everyday procedures for healthcare organizations, but a lack of planning & frequent last-minute shipments quickly add operational costs. Accurately forecasting inventory demand is essential to avoid frequent expedited shipments between locations. By centralizing transportation management, a health system can significantly reduce...

Developing strong partnerships with suppliers and laboratory distributors is essential to remain informed of new products, competitive pricing, and other laboratory supply chain opportunities. Being open to new technology and services could result in savings opportunities for your facility. Specifically, many laboratories have the potential to...

Managing ambulatory & outpatient facility supply chain operations is an important ongoing process that shouldn't be overlooked. Using software or a materials management information system (MMIS) can provide better data to help managers track costs and movement of inventory across the network. Using an IT...

Strong data strategies are driving next-generation care management. Providers and suppliers are now developing health solutions that help users find hidden patterns and trends for illness prevention. Using analytics to separate the population data into segments helps provide meaningful insights like risk pools and gaps in care....

The Pharmacy holds one of the hospital's largest commodity expenditures. Pharmacists making important inventory and supply management purchasing decisions benefit from Supply Chain negotiated GPO pricing agreements. This important relationship keeps supply expenses lower for hospitals, optimizing savings in the Pharmacy. Action Health has agreements...