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

02/04/21

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.

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