“Managing Up” in Health Care Supply Chain

04/06/21

Whether you are a new employee or a seasoned professional with a new boss, taking time to consider three elements of "managing up" can help you establish trust and create an optimal working relationship with your boss.

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How COVID Changed Long-Held Hospital Lab and Supply Chain Assumptions and What We Can Learn

04/01/21

Though there were many national and world events during 2020 that will go down in history, likely all will pale in comparison to the virus that changed the world forever. As we reflect on the one-year anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some lessons to be learned around every corner for those who are willing to look. Here are three long-held hospital lab and supply chain assumptions that COVID has forever changed, along with lessons learned to create a system more resilient to future demand surges.

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Is Just in Time Just in Trouble?

03/16/21

During COVID-19, you’ve lived the stories and heard of others—hospitals reprocessed supplies marked “single use only.” Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves were in extremely short supply. Some organizations are considering extreme measures to address the supply chain challenges that they experienced. Before you consider throwing in the towel on your distribution methodology that’s worked up until this point, here’s three common distribution methods and ideas about how to preserve supply availability during a disruption.

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Narrowing the Divide: How a Medical Director of Supply Chain Helps Bridge Gap Between Physicians and Supply Chain, Supporting Hospitals’ Value-Based Care Strategies

02/04/21

A growing number of hospitals and health systems are taking the critical step of engaging physicians in evaluating preference items to a new level by establishing a medical director of supply chain. This newly created role is leading to more purposeful and collaborative relationships between physicians and supply chain, strengthening value-based care outcomes with a clearly shared vision with the patient at the center.

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Value Analysis and Bilateral Communication are Keys to Effective Purchasing Decisions

12/10/20

Learn how a value analysis program with a bilateral communication plan can help avoid siloed decisions and communication breakdowns when making new product decisions.

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Five Data Sources to Engage Physicians in Evaluating Preference Items

12/09/20

Engaging physicians in the evaluation of their preference items is critical. Here are the five primary data sources that when combined, can lead to the greatest success in physician engagement in this work.

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Enhancing Your Supply Chain Career with Professional Certifications

11/04/20

My key advice to anyone who is currently in a supply chain role or who wants to begin a supply chain career is to pursue certifications. Earning a supply chain certification (or certifications) demonstrates your expertise in the supply chain industry and can help you to advance in your career. Not sure where to begin? Here's some tips.

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Changing Products and Suppliers due to COVID 19? Education Documents are the Key to Success

10/23/20

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve at our nation’s hospitals, we are finding that many health care organizations are having to make critical, far-reaching changes to products and suppliers in order to meet rapidly changing patient and clinical demands. While changing products and suppliers quickly enables providers to keep their patients and front-line health care workers protected, it can also cause anxiety for everyone in the hospital charged with implementing and supporting the change.

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What COVID Taught US About the Health Care Supply Chain

10/06/20

The COVID-19 pandemic has many lessons it can teach us about the health care supply chain. As an industry, we would be wise to ask ourselves "what," "why," and "when" and then use the answers to develop solutions that lead to sustainable improvements.

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Transformation: ‘a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.’ Are You Ready?

08/28/20

As you embark on this journey of change, keep your mind open. Know that there may be some setbacks and conversely, you may identify additional opportunities along the way. Though not intended to be all-inclusive, these are some insights from “lessons learned” that you’ll want to consider as you start your transformation vision.

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