30 Years in Health Care Supply Chain … Why?

10/27/21

My vice president recently asked our team to think about our “why” as it relates to our career in the health care supply chain. While I love the work I do, I realized I had never really thought about why I continue in this field. After a bit of soul searching, I was able to determine what keeps me in health care.

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Observation of the Shifting Market Dynamics in Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

10/20/21

Health care is constantly changing and evolving and with the continual movement towards technological integration, the competitive landscape for minimally invasive surgical procedures using robotics will change over the next few years. We expect to see the rollout of new robotic equipment and more manufacturers entering the market. The question is, how will this affect the future of robotic-assisted surgical procedures being performed within your health system?

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Utilization: The Next Frontier for Hospital Supply Chain Savings

10/19/21

There’s a Swedish proverb that says, “He who buys what he doesn't need steals from himself.” This applies to hospitals and health systems, too. One additional strategy supply chain leaders can use to reduce expenses is not to spend it where you don’t have to. Here are three areas where supply chain leaders can examine utilization to drive savings and reduce operating and capital expenses with services, supplies and equipment.

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Health Care Sustainable Procurement: toxic-free health care begins with the supply chain

10/14/21

The facts are clear, painting a picture of growing toxic chemicals in humans. Many of these industrial chemicals have been linked to negative impacts on human health and development, such as cancer, endocrine, genetic and immune system disruption, as well as damage to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver and reproductive system. Health care organizations can combine their collective voice and purchasing power to drive changes in the marketplace.

 

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Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Essential Safety Measures and Cost Effectiveness

09/14/21

Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.

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The Reemergent Rumblings of Consolidated Service Centers: Does it Make Sense for your Supply Chain?

08/10/21

There’s no doubt that the current pandemic has changed the way we think about many things in nearly all aspects of our lives, both personally and in our work. For hospital and health system supply chain leaders, that means continuing to manage the large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was once desperately needed and hard to find. The storage challenges that ensued became more permanent as states begin to mandate how much PPE hospitals were required to have on hand. With so much change and uncertainty, your approach to inventory management will need to change, too.

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Best Practices for Identifying and Communicating Cost Outliers to Physicians

07/23/21

In my 15+ years of advising hospitals across the nation about how to identify and evaluate variations in the cost of care, I’ve learned a great deal about how physicians select the products they use during surgery. And one thing is certain: physicians often don’t have a way to compare their selections to that of their peers. Providing the right product utilization information in the right way can make all the difference. Here are some of the most effective ways I’ve found to identify those cost outliers and present the total cost of care information to physicians.

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The Shift from Reprocessed to Single-Use Endoscopes Grows: Is it Right for Your Organization?

07/21/21

The disposable endoscopes market was valued at $1.3 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow 16.9% from 2021 to 2028 due to the low cost of maintenance, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and concerns over cross-contamination of reusable scopes. A growing number of providers are exploring a potential shift from reprocessed to single-use endoscopes for their hospitals and outpatient facilities. Here's a few important considerations for this evolving market.

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Improving Human and Environmental Health: A Call for Environmentally Preferred Health Care Sourcing

06/25/21

As health care organizations, our sourcing practices directly impact the environment and the health of the communities we serve. To operate responsibly, it is essential that we consider how our purchases impact our patients, care givers and the environment. Here’s several actions you can take to move toward environmentally preferred sourcing.

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Aligned for Success: 3 Ways to Strengthen the Relationship Between Hospital Contracting and Clinical Value Analysis Teams

05/25/21

Clinical value analysis, in its essence, is a decision-making platform where the clinical value analysis team pulls data and information from various sources to tell a story around the initiative at hand. Most health care leaders believe their hospital supply chain and clinical strategy teams are working in alignment to achieve organizational goals for cost and quality of care. However, in our experience that is often not the case.Here's three ways to strengthen the relationship between hospital contracting and clinical value analysis teams

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