Is Just in Time Just in Trouble?


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.


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


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.


Value Analysis and Bilateral Communication are Keys to Effective Purchasing Decisions


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


Five Data Sources to Engage Physicians in Evaluating Preference Items


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.


Enhancing Your Supply Chain Career with Professional Certifications


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.


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


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.


What COVID Taught US About the Health Care Supply Chain


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.


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


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.


3 Capital Purchasing Tips for Ambulatory Surgery Centers


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.


3 Key Takeaways for Supply Chain Emergency Operations Plans


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.