Supply chain

  • 04/16/19
    The use of a value analysis process in the health care setting isn’t new. In fact, it’s become a strategic imperative for health care organizations as they work to provide the highest-quality, most cost-effective care for their patients. However, in my experience the one complaint I hear most often is, “Why does it take so long to put through an initiative? Where is the speed to value?”more...
  • 04/11/19
    You arrive at 6 a.m., lunch in hand and the hospital is humming quietly. You open the door to your windowless basement office, turn on the lights and power up your computer. As the monitor’s glow transitions to your inbox, you’re reminded of the stack of cost savings and process improvement ideas that you have on the burner. more...
  • 03/05/19
    Health care organizations are sometimes resistant to change and yet in search of change all at the same time. Across the country, large health systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals continue to seek out ways to maximize operations, improve financial performance and deliver high quality patient care.more...
  • 02/20/19
    You know what they say: If you’ve seen one chronic wound, you’ve seen one chronic wound.more...
  • 02/15/19
    Coming to the table to resolve conflict is never easy. After all, the word itself has a negative connotation that evokes images of friction and war. In the world of supply chains, conflict can easily emerge when you mix external partners together with your team of purchasing supervisors, operations leaders and contract managers. Each party comes with its own perspective on how goods and services should flow through the chain.more...
  • 01/28/19
    We’ve all heard the saying, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” as a way of understanding another’s experiences, challenges, thought processes and perspectives. Seeing someone actually do it is a unique experience. Cathy Gray, director, clinical support supply chain at Sentara Healthcare, started her career with Sentara as a registered nurse and over the course of the next several years she served in different nursing roles in both inpatient and outpatient...more...
  • 11/05/18
    Last week, we received news of an industry-wide shortage on vital radiopharmaceuticals, Tc-99m and Mo-99, due to international reactors being shut down for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. While we believe the shortage will be temporary – leading to supply challenges for the next few weeks – the production of Tc-99m and Mo-99 are currently delayed.more...
  • 10/24/18
    Like any business that relies on manufacturers across the globe for supplies, the health care industry sees its share of random product back orders, allocation situations and outright supply shortages. The causes for these disruptions can vary but the effect is always the same: supply chain personnel scrambling to figure out ways to manage until supply availability is restored.more...
  • 10/15/18
    Two deaths, 24 serious injuries and 32 device malfunctions. Those are the number of reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2011 related to enteral device misconnections. And despite the educational and awareness efforts of many organizations, misconnections continue to occur.more...
  • 09/18/18
    Health care today looks much different than in the past and leaders at traditional hospitals are finding it necessary to expand their services outside the hospital, particularly into the post-acute and ambulatory care sectors. Expanding services to include other types of care facilities means expanding your supply chain and with that comes complexities, risks and opportunities.more...