Supply Chain

The healthcare supply chain has faced increased logistical challenges in recent months. The global pandemic has created disruptions in meeting critical supply needs for healthcare facilities across the country. Proactively communicating with customers and sourcing products from alternative sources are essential to ensure healthcare workers’ urgent...

Awareness of the importance of standardization of essential supplies is growing with the recent impacts of Covid-19. This has exposed a current lack of standards across the industry which is facing challenges with supply continuity and visibility. Improving how the industry communicates supply data optimizes visibility...

When a hospital and health system merger or affiliation transaction closes, the supply chain is faced with many unknowns. Being open to change and prepared to immediately offer value and present savings opportunities should be the top priority. Being prepared to adopt new approaches to working...

Managing the logistics and demand of providing home healthcare supplies can be challenging for suppliers. While larger health systems have the buying power to keep up with their steady demand for supplies, smaller facilities need to plan and have a back up strategy in place...

Trust and transparency are key to clinical and supply chain teams making mutually informed decisions that optimize efficiency. A clinically integrated supply chain results in an optimized workflow with minimized overspending and unnecessary cost. Integrating technologies that share real time data provides greater visibility of on-hand...

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...

Delivering cost saving improvements and ensuring caregivers have the necessary supplies to deliver the best quality of care to their patients is key to creating a successful health system. Strategically involving the supply chain results in improved patient outcomes and ensures the organization remains cost effective...

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...