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.
Supplier diversity, in any supply chain, is good business practice. In the health care industry, the benefits are uniquely connected to the hospitals because diverse suppliers are often found in local communities.
If you’ve ever had a problem with your smart phone or other technical device, you have probably ended up engaging with an online forum of problem solvers. These experts offer insights, tips and other information that, in most cases, help you quickly fix your issue.
Supply chain leaders have responsibility for delivering a variety of results to their organization, but the primary expectation is clear: cost savings. Recent research by Vizient found that 80 percent of members have a savings goal, and for 45 percent, it is between $1 million and $5 million.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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