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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3 Capital Purchasing Tips for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

08/18/20

Buying capital equipment for ASCs can be expensive and time-consuming and poses unique challenges from the acute care setting. In this blog post, I’ll outline some of the challenges materials manager, purchasing managers and facility directors face and share how careful planning, research and negotiation can help.

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3 Key Takeaways for Supply Chain Emergency Operations Plans

08/17/20

COVID-19 has put the health care supply chain at the forefront of every discussion in all organizations. From a supply chain perspective, we have long sought to increase the value of our work and establish the supply chain as a strategic driver of hospital operations. COVID-19 has accomplished this in a very short period of time.

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When Perception and Reality Are at Odds: 5 Ways to Get Clinician Buy-in for New Products

08/13/20

From cost-saving initiatives and quality enhancements to the introduction of new technology that will drive procedural efficiencies, there are many reasons for supply chain leaders to introduce new products to clinicians. But how new products are presented can make or break clinician acceptance.

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Feeding Our Frontlines: A Program Offering Nourishment During the COVID-19 Crisis

07/16/20

Near the height of the initial COVID-19 surge, PRO*ACT, a network of more than 50 independent fresh food distributors, mobilized to provide nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables to employees at some of the hardest hit Vizient member hospitals.

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PPE Safety Stock Planning: Prepare Now for Future Supply Disruption

07/14/20

Though your organization may still be in the response or recovery stage of COVID-19, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the future.

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Minimize Increasing the Wave to Better Manage COVID-19 Equipment and Supplies

07/08/20

COVID-19 has increased uncertain demand patterns at the hospital level for PPE. Improving supply chain visibility and communication can help mitigate inventory fluctuations.

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3 Tips to Tame the Tug of War Between Supply Chain and Nursing

06/18/20

In the hospital setting, it’s not uncommon to find differing opinions between supply chain and nursing. Learn three things supply chain professionals can implement right now to improve clinician relationships.

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3 Steps to Procure-to-Pay Efficiency That Are Worth the Effort

06/10/20

In health care supply chain, there are often discussions about procure-to-pay and the benefits that can be gained with the integration of procurement and accounts payable. A streamlined P2P process eliminates the negative downstream effects that drain opportunities to reduce costs and build value.

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Clinical-Supply Integration: What Does It Mean Post-COVID?

05/12/20
Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we incorporate all of the lessons learned? How do we forecast the new normal? What path or template will help health care systems and hospitals sequence decisions and guide change?  More