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.
Innovative technology is expanding the paradigm of possibility across medicine. Almost daily, new products enter the marketplace with claims of improving patient care. This flood of “innovation” challenges supply chain professionals to identify and evaluate those that truly offer tangible benefits for patients and clinicians.
It’s no small task to secure high-tech medical devices. The total number of staffed beds in all registered U.S. hospitals is nearly 895,000 and there are an average of 10-15 networked devices per bed, adding up to more than 10 million possible networked devices. That necessitates a delicate balance between connectivity and cybersecurity.
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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