Supply Chain Management News

Issue 3, August 2019

Issue 2, May 2019

Issue 1, February 2019

Issue 6, November 2018

  • 11/29/18

    For physicians and clinicians focused on caring for pediatric patients, the launch of a new pediatric device or technology is often cause for celebration.

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  • 11/29/18

    Environmental sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. Recent studies have shown that 92 percent of physicians and 88 percent of health system executives agree that environmental sustainability provides long-term cost savings.

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  • 11/29/18

    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.

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  • 11/29/18

    Like any business that relies on manufacturers across the globe for supplies, the health care industry sees its share of random product back orders, allocation situations and outright supply shortages.

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  • 11/29/18

    Information overload is a fact of life in our modern world. At Vizient, we are working to streamline our content so that members receive what they need, when they need it. As we work toward this goal, we would appreciate your input on the effectiveness of our content relative to the decisions you are making. The assessment will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

    Your feedback is requested by Tuesday, Dec. 18.

    Take the survey now.

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Issue 5, September 2018

  • 09/20/18

    In 2013, the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) was signed into law. Title II of the DQSA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), was designed to help ensure the safety and integrity of our nation’s drug supply and to avoid counterfeit medicines from entering the market.

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  • 09/20/18

    While Florence continues to dump heavy rain on its journey up and ultimately off the eastern shoreline, the worst of her wrath may be behind us for now. But, the storm’s aftermath in the hardest hit areas of the Carolinas has left catastrophic flooding, making major roads impassable and leaving countless people stranded.

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  • 09/20/18

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, have gained significant market share in recent months.

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  • 09/20/18

    I recently had the pleasure and privilege to represent Vizient and present at a public hearing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), focused on removing barriers affecting the uptake of biosimilars, which offer a cost savings for some of the most expensive drugs on the market.

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  • 09/20/18

    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.

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Issue 4, July 2018

Issue 3, May 2018

  • 05/16/18

    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.

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  • 05/16/18

    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.

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  • 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.

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Issue 2, March 2018

Issue 1, January 2018

  • 01/17/18

    Ah, 2018. Everyone is back to work, and many have committed to a New Year’s resolution or two. On the job, talk may have turned to professional performance goals or new exercise regimens, and Vizient has a suggestion that can contribute to your organization’s “fiscal fitness”: aggregation groups.

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  • 01/17/18

    Hospitals and health systems of all sizes, take note: Specialty medications – those high-cost drugs used to treat complex or chronic diagnoses – are expected to represent more than 50 percent of the overall drug market within five years.

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  • 01/17/18

    If you’re a fan of industry trivia, you’ll want to remember this tidbit: Outpatient pharmacies can be found in approximately 35 percent of U.S. hospitals, according to a 2016 survey from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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  • 01/17/18

    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.

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Issue 5, September 2017

Issue 4, July 2017

  • 07/20/17

    Supply aggregation groups, in various forms, have been around for many years. Now however, the constant push to lower costs combined with the movement toward value-based care, has increased interest from all types and sizes of hospitals.

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  • 07/20/17

    Tragic events can occur at any time, but avoidable ones somehow seem worse. In 2012, 64 people died and more than 700 people became ill due to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. After an investigation, it was determined the cause of the outbreak was due to contaminated steroid injections prepared by a compounding pharmacy.

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  • 07/20/17

    Imagine the following scenario. Your health system announced its intention to acquire and partner with local practitioners as part of its strategy to decrease the cost of care while delivering additional access points.

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  • 07/20/17

    It is indisputable that Amazon has changed the way American consumers expect to buy things. 

    We expect immediate price comparison abilities. We can buy and carry an entire bookshelf with us on trips.

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In Case You Missed It

Issue 3, May 2017

Issue 2, March 2017

Issue 1, January 2017

Issue 5, November 2016

Issue 4, September 2016

Issue 3, July 2016

Issue 2, May 2016

Issue 1, March 2016