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.
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?
Sound sleep is an imperative in achieving and maintaining good health. Yet, according to the National Sleep Foundation, between 50 and 70 million Americans experience some sort of sleep or wakefulness disorder. Because of these statistics, sleep medicine is a growing specialty area and in high demand.
Today’s workforce is incredibly complex with more generations working side by side than ever before. Organizations are challenged by leading a multigenerational workforce with different communication preferences and tendencies, defining events, values and technological expertise and experience. These challenges are only intensified by the stress of COVID-19.
It’s probably safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken many organizations’ emergency management plans, and likely most staff, to a point that exceeds any actual past event or simulation drill. And, we are still in the thick of the fight against this virus.
In his latest essay, Vizient Research Institute Executive Director Tom Robertson reflects on a series of conversations with health system CEOs from across the country. Coming out of the economic shutdown caused by the pandemic, health systems are engaged in “purposeful restarts” in which deliberate decisions are being made about whether and where specific clinical programs re-emerge. Drawing a parallel to an iconic landmark in the English countryside, Tom Robertson considers the role of inertia, both in nature and within complex organizations.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to soar across the country, and with adults having a much higher risk than children of serious illness, pediatric hospitals face the prospect of being amenable to sharing their critical ICU resources for adult patients who are in need during the pandemic.
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