Supply chain

  • 10/15/18
    Two deaths, 24 serious injuries and 32 device malfunctions. Those are the number of reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2011 related to enteral device misconnections. And despite the educational and awareness efforts of many organizations, misconnections continue to occur.more...
  • 09/18/18
    Health care today looks much different than in the past and leaders at traditional hospitals are finding it necessary to expand their services outside the hospital, particularly into the post-acute and ambulatory care sectors. Expanding services to include other types of care facilities means expanding your supply chain and with that comes complexities, risks and opportunities.more...
  • 09/12/18
    I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that recognizes the importance of reducing chemical exposure and equally fortunate to serve in a role where my focus is educating our health care partners about the dangers of chemically laden products. Decades of research has clearly shown that we must limit our exposure to a variety of dangerous materials because of the known harmful effects on both human health and the environment.more...
  • 08/29/18
    In the age of near-constant mergers and acquisitions, health systems are taking on tremendous costs in the form of third-party—or purchased—services. When a hospital or health system acquires additional facilities or a private practice, it inherits all of that entity’s contracted purchased services, including IT and telecom, clinical services, security, maintenance and more.more...
  • 06/07/18
    Eliminating waste and reducing variation are becoming commonplace activities for health care supply chain professionals. To get at these opportunities, many supply chain leaders have likely participated in 5S and Kaizen events, been on a Gemba walk or worked through process flow mapping. I’d like to share with you a story – a true story – about a Lean Six Sigma activity that has steered me in the right direction more than once. I like to call this story, “Why Not to...more...
  • Useful tips to help prevent holiday disruptions
    05/31/18
    It’s almost a given that no matter how smoothly your hospital supply chain runs during normal operating hours, there is always some hiccup that occurs on those “non-normal” days. Surviving those times requires one thing: preparation. With up to seven holidays and long weekends per year, a lack of preparation and planning can easily create issues with customer service. To help you prepare your supply chain department for possible holiday disruptions, I’m sharing a list...more...
  • 05/18/18
    The world has become connected. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn connect us to friends, family and associates. We now share information and experiences in real-time. Smart phone apps and exercise trackers log our health habits and congratulate us just for walking through the grocery store.more...
  • 05/16/18
    Clinical-supply integration (CSI) centers on ensuring that supply and device decisions reside with physicians and provides a vehicle to drive out unwarranted clinical variation. To do this, physicians must be informed by verified, accurate data. And, though data alone cannot integrate your supply chain, you cannot clinically integrate your supply chain without it. That’s because it’s the foundation of CSI and also the driver that sustains it.more...
  • 12/28/17
    If you’re a hospital administrator looking for cost savings, just follow your nose to the cafeteria. Among those cheeseburgers and tossed salads, your hospital cafeteria probably offers more savings opportunities than you imagined: Consider that the cost of food and food-related services in a hospital or health care system can represent between 8 and 12 percent of your annual purchased services spend.more...
  • 09/19/17
    In a dynamic similar to the childhood game, hot potato, it seems that no side – payers, hospitals or suppliers – wants to be stuck alone at the end managing the high cost of care in the joint reconstruction market. Like kids playing the game, everyone is doing what they can to shift the hot potato of cost management elsewhere. In a webinar broadcast earlier this month, I shared what this game of hot potato looks like and other findings from the Vizient Technology Watch, Volume 2,...more...