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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Four Ways Hospital Supply Chain Leaders Can Get the Most Value from their GPO in the Facilities and Construction Space

05/11/21

As hospital supply chain departments evolve, they likely will have driven out most all operating expenses in the traditional spend categories. To continue to achieve the savings target supply chain departments are tasked with every year, they will have to explore new spend categories for value, savings and optimization. Here are four opportunities where hospital supply chain leaders can derive value and savings from their group purchasing organization (GPO) in the facilities and construction space.

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“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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