John D. Rockefeller oncesaid, “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” It’s hard to argue with Rockefeller’s successful approach to business. To apply his philosophy in supply chain, we need to rethink our approach to product decision-making.
Traditional value analysis committees have been making decisions on the purchase of clinical products and services for years. Typically residing in the supply chain department, these value analysis programs have not always been efficient.
While clinical-supply integration is a more sophisticated version of value analysis, both strategies require oversight. CSI necessitates additional attributes in order to be successful, such as a triad governance, accurate data insights, peer reviews, and a sustainable process that drives continuous improvement
For years, health care supply chain professionals have been charged with balancing cost, quality and clinician preference when introducing new products and technologies to the organization. We often refer to this process as value analysis work and, more recently, it’s been referred to as clinical-supply integration. Is there really a difference between the two concepts?
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
Fear of the infection has some patients avoiding hospitals altogether, delaying much-needed care just when they might need it the most. Stroke symptoms, for example, if not addressed right away, can lead to catastrophic results.
Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we incorporate all of the lessons learned? How do we forecast the new normal? What path or template will help health care systems and hospitals sequence decisions and guide change?
As you may know, the World Health Organization has named 2020 the ‘Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,’ as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. What a year to set aside for nurses!
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