Supply chain

  • 10/07/19
    To enhance the efficiency, performance, effectiveness and overall success of an organization, it’s essential for associates to possess the relevant skills and knowledge required to drive the organization forward. Top-performing organizations implement various methods to improve the skills of their workforce. They may hold seminars or workshops, send employees to conferences, host quarterly town halls or have internal training sessions led by the human resources team, but all of these...more...
  • 09/25/19
    Did you know that your supply chain’s DNA resides in your item master? When you think about the DNA of your item master, it should consist of good, solid building blocks. After all, one definition of DNA is “the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something.” The building blocks create a solid foundation that’s the lifeline of your supply chain. Ensuring clean data allows your organization to obtain the right product, at the right...more...
  • 08/27/19
    Is your organization planning a renovation or building a new facility? Be prepared with a plan (and a budget) for when the dust settles and interior design begins. As new construction and renovation projects near completion, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) become vitally important to the look, feel and design of the space that has been altered, but FF&E is rarely part of the agreement between the general contractor and hospital.more...
  • 08/06/19
    Increasing sustainability efforts in health care food service is no longer a trend but a standard practice. Driving the conversation is the obesity epidemic, the effect of meat and dairy production on climate change and the extensive use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in the production of poultry, beef and pork. Adding to the urgency is the increased focus on enhancing the patient experience. In today’s world of quality patient care, food matters. more...
  • 08/01/19
    According to historians, evidence of scale use dates back about 4,500 years. The fulcrum scale, based on the ancient balance scale concept, is still used in advanced laboratory settings because of its simplicity and precision.more...
  • 07/25/19
    No matter how seasoned a supply chain professional you may be, it’s important to periodically evaluate your department and how it compares to others across the country. To avoid becoming stagnant, you should never stop testing, evaluating or working to improve. By testing the health of your supply chain, you get an understanding of where you need to focus your efforts and align your supply chain activities with leading industry practices. Below are 10 questions that will help identify...more...
  • 07/22/19
    Ideally, 90% of transactions within the health care supply chain should be covered by a contract. Yet, with more than 100 different contract management software platforms available today, many organizations still use spreadsheets and filing cabinets to manage them. Is this truly maximizing a contract’s purpose and value?more...
  • 07/16/19
    Does your hospital struggle with pricing issues? Does it seem to take forever to get contracts signed? Do you wonder why the savings you projected aren’t reflected in the monthly performance reports? One reason may be an undocumented contracting process and workflow.more...
  • 07/08/19
    It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t cover a little schoolwork. Today’s lesson is on a concept that has been adopted by many large health care systems and integrated delivery networks (IDNs): the consolidated service center (CSC). A CSC is a centralized facility from which supply chain or other departments can provide services for all of the different care facilities within the system.more...
  • 06/26/19
    Plasma-derived therapeutics are part of a complex dynamic of global supply chain economics and clinical contributing factors, all of which can affect the ability to obtain the product needed for patient care. Immunoglobulin (Ig), the main driver in current plasma manufacturing, has experienced double-digit growth within North American markets, leading to an increased demand the manufacturing community has been challenged to meet.*more...