Cost management, technology adoption and inventory management solutions should be at the center of how supply chain consultants approach their work with hospitals, along with how those areas align with an organization’s specific needs and challenges.
How can health systems take a “Goldilocks” approach to PPE, ensuring they don’t have too much or too little – but rather, a “just right” amount that strikes a balance between financial and clinical requirements?
As electric vehicle adoption continues to rise, hospitals can benefit from implementing EV charging infrastructure in many ways — financially, in their green initiatives, through data-driven insights, and in patient and employee satisfaction.
By leveraging performance improvement Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), healthcare organizations can optimize procurement and reduce project expenses in areas including materials, equipment and services.
Strategies such as using clean, renewable energy, increasing reprocessing and recycling in the OR, and pursuing environmentally preferred purchasing can drive near-term savings across healthcare organizations, says Vizient’s Cristina Indiveri.
The healthcare community’s attention to radiation exposure has fueled the advent of newer technologies like digital detectors that offer the promise of reduced radiation exposure while maintaining diagnostic efficacy.
There is often a disconnect that exists between sustainability and health equity. Pinpointing the immense overlap between environmental impacts and social drivers of health is no easy feat, but data is key to helping providers see the bigger picture.
Drug shortages and their management have become a major focus of pharmacy staff within hospitals and health systems, which is why maintaining an institution-specific drug shortage list may be critical.
Instead of reducing staffing levels if demand declines, forward-thinking health systems can maintain or increase volume through imaging associated with clinical research trials and firming up their referral base.
While gastroenterologists are saving lives with vital endoscopy procedures, they need to be mindful of their own health and well-being, as poor body mechanics and improper ergonomics are negatively impacting their health, productivity and career longevity.
By reducing the risk of injury to healthcare workers, these programs can improve job satisfaction, decrease turnover and reduce healthcare costs associated with workers' compensation claims as well as improve patient outcomes.
The key to effectively using supply spend, contract and clinical data is to correctly identify the need and expected result, as well as knowing the available data sources and tools to ensure the desired outcome can be achieved.
Whether incorporating non-Western modalities or championing equitable access to facilities and treatments, the future of healthcare isn’t about retrofitting hospitals — it’s about reimagining their capabilities.
Natural disasters are more common and affect a larger geography than ever before — and with manmade disasters like acts of terrorism, cybersecurity threats and utility shutdowns also on the rise, “that time of year” could be any time of year.
It is critical that health systems drive new efficiencies to increase revenue and cost savings and that’s especially true for the OR, which represents both the largest revenue driver for health systems and the biggest cost center.
One such technology that has the potential to revolutionize patient care, particularly at the point of treatment and convalescence, is smart wireless medical beds, which can improve everything from patient comfort and safety to staff availability.