Supply Chain Management News

Issue 3, May 2018

  • 05/16/18

    It’s no small task to secure high-tech medical devices. The total number of staffed beds in all registered U.S. hospitals is nearly 895,000 and there are an average of 10-15 networked devices per bed, adding up to more than 10 million possible networked devices. That necessitates a delicate balance between connectivity and cybersecurity.

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  • 05/16/18

    Innovative technology is expanding the paradigm of possibility across medicine. Almost daily, new products enter the marketplace with claims of improving patient care. This flood of “innovation” challenges supply chain professionals to identify and evaluate those that truly offer tangible benefits for patients and clinicians.

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  • 05/16/18

    Clinical-supply integration (CSI) centers on ensuring that supply and device decisions reside with physicians and provides a vehicle to drive out unwarranted clinical variation. To do this, physicians must be informed by verified, accurate data. And, though data alone cannot integrate your supply chain, you cannot clinically integrate your supply chain without it.

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Issue 2, March 2018

Issue 1, January 2018

  • 01/17/18

    Ah, 2018. Everyone is back to work, and many have committed to a New Year’s resolution or two. On the job, talk may have turned to professional performance goals or new exercise regimens, and Vizient has a suggestion that can contribute to your organization’s “fiscal fitness”: aggregation groups.

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  • 01/17/18

    Hospitals and health systems of all sizes, take note: Specialty medications – those high-cost drugs used to treat complex or chronic diagnoses – are expected to represent more than 50 percent of the overall drug market within five years.

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  • 01/17/18

    If you’re a fan of industry trivia, you’ll want to remember this tidbit: Outpatient pharmacies can be found in approximately 35 percent of U.S. hospitals, according to a 2016 survey from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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  • 01/17/18

    If you’re a hospital administrator looking for cost savings, just follow your nose to the cafeteria. Among those cheeseburgers and tossed salads, your hospital cafeteria probably offers more savings opportunities than you imagined: Consider that the cost of food and food-related services in a hospital or health care system can represent between 8 and 12 percent of your annual purchased services spend.

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Issue 5, September 2017

Issue 4, July 2017

  • 07/20/17

    Supply aggregation groups, in various forms, have been around for many years. Now however, the constant push to lower costs combined with the movement toward value-based care, has increased interest from all types and sizes of hospitals.

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  • 07/20/17

    Tragic events can occur at any time, but avoidable ones somehow seem worse. In 2012, 64 people died and more than 700 people became ill due to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. After an investigation, it was determined the cause of the outbreak was due to contaminated steroid injections prepared by a compounding pharmacy.

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  • 07/20/17

    Imagine the following scenario. Your health system announced its intention to acquire and partner with local practitioners as part of its strategy to decrease the cost of care while delivering additional access points.

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  • 07/20/17

    It is indisputable that Amazon has changed the way American consumers expect to buy things. 

    We expect immediate price comparison abilities. We can buy and carry an entire bookshelf with us on trips.

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In Case You Missed It

Issue 3, May 2017

Issue 2, March 2017

Issue 1, January 2017

Issue 5, November 2016

Issue 4, September 2016

Issue 3, July 2016

Issue 2, May 2016

Issue 1, March 2016