Long-term Supply Assurance Solutions Require Transparency, Collaboration

04/27/22

Though providers are short staffed, tired and struggling with the impact of the financial, product and logistical challenges of the past two years, they continue to look ahead at how they can isolate themselves from such challenges in the future. Vizient believes that supply assurance begins with solving for issues more upstream in the supply chain to ensure transparency, data and redundancy make that last mile delivery smooth and reliable.

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How to Get the Most Value Out of Your MRO Spend

04/21/22

Deploying effective strategies to maximize MRO spend can help ensure that maintenance, repair and operations remains the invisible hero of your hospital.

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Mitigate Supply Shortages Through Strategic Preparation

04/14/22

Mitigating shortages of IV solutions can be difficult, but preparation makes it less so. The health systems that previously navigated such challenges had several tactics in common, including conservation and collaboration strategies.

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Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Paints Bigger Picture by Linking Testing to Treatment

04/07/22

Recent innovations in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (NMMI) represent several scintillating moments that have a big-picture effect on health care.

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Strategies to leverage health care purchasing power toward sustainability and a healthier future

03/16/22

By consistently scrutinizing social and environmental impact in all purchasing decisions, health care organizations can leverage their total purchasing power to influence suppliers and vendors to lower their carbon emissions, use safer chemicals, reduce waste, and also improve diversity and social responsibility.

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Building a Healthier Future: The Intersection of Healthcare Design and Climate

03/04/22

Hospitals can play an important role in reducing the future impacts of climate change through more sustainable planning, design and construction. It requires prioritizing using carbon capture products and working with net zero manufacturers, adding electric vehicles to the fleet and incentivizing employees to transition to electric vehicles. As thought leaders, we must boldly invest in climate-resilient design with health equity at the center.

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The Art of Engaging Physicians: Get Creative

01/27/22

It has been 20+ years since my first foray into value analysis. Sure, we have more data on patient outcomes, cost and even the benefit of peer benchmarking but to move toward savings goals through less variation in devices and related supplies, a physician champion is still needed to lead the charge. And the burning question remains: “How do you engage physicians?”

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How a Community Purchasing Strategy for Hospital Services and Supplies Can Improve Community Health and Strengthen Communities in the New Year

01/14/22

Amid all the uncertainties facing the health care industry today, one thing is clear. We need to continue to improve the health of our communities and do so in a way that supports, honors and leverages diversity. One of the most impactful actions hospitals can take is to reimagine their sourcing—from accounting and IT services, to landscaping and laundry, to biomedical services and surgical products—creating a broader, more equitable network of diverse suppliers. The benefits are far reaching, creating local jobs that strengthen the local economy and in turn, improving health outcomes and equity.

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How Surgical Tray Standardization Saved One Hospital $50,000 and What You Should Know

12/22/21

As hospitals and health systems continue to work to manage costs while maintaining quality, surgical tray standardization remains an untapped resource for many organizations. As surgeons request instruments based on their individual preferences, the size of surgical trays continues to grow. And as the number of instruments on a surgical tray grows, the use of those instruments declines, creating unnecessary costs to purchase, process and manage the instruments. Standardizing surgical trays can support hospital efforts to manage costs and maintain quality, but for many are an untapped resource. Here’s what you need to know.

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Supply Chain Lessons: Managing Change is Inherent to Success

12/21/21

Today more than ever managing change is an inherent part of a supply chain leader’s role. Backorders, substitutions and supplier changes have become almost daily events. While some of these changes may be transparent to end-users, such as changing an office supply, others, such as a critical patient care item, may involve shifting processes and procedures that affect multiple departments across the hospital. In my experience, the latter requires clear communication to all affected groups and end-users to successfully implement wide-reaching supply chain changes.

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