Please enjoy our Winter Reading List, a compilation of our most popular newsletter stories and blogs supporting operational performance and efficiency across the supply chain and pharmacy from 2021. We hope it helps spark inspiration for the new year.

We value our partnership in helping your organization deliver exceptional, cost-effective care and wish you a safe, healthy season and new year.

 

Supply Chain

 

Supply Chain Leadership Series Delivers Best Practices from Members, to Members

As the country continues to recover from COVID-19 and the disruption it caused to the health care supply chain as well as social issues that occurred during 2020, a growing number of members were looking at diversifying their suppliers and demonstrating their commitment to them, many of which were local. In response, Vizient launched its 2021 Supply Chain Leadership Series: Spotlight on Supplier Diversity Expert Panel, a four-part webinar series featuring guest speakers from member organizations who share best practices and challenges. 

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Creating Safer Spaces in Health Care: Vizient Introduces Environmentally Preferred Flooring Portfolio

The shift toward using sustainable, safer products in health care is more than a trend. For many organizations, sustainability goals are built into everyday business practices that advance health care’s mission to do no harm. Learn how Vizient’s environmentally preferred flooring portfolio, making it easier for members to promote a healthier indoor environment for our members, their employees and their patients.

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Resilience Program Provides Transparency, Predictability and Improves Supply Assurance

Vizient’s new Supply Chain Resilience Program is working to improve supply assurance and minimize supply disruption in any circumstance from pandemics to weather-related disruption, to recalls and backorders on routine items. Learn more about the program that provides a health care industry’s first for enhanced visibility into the end-to-end supply chain to better mitigate risk, respond quickly and assure the availability of necessary medical supplies.

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BLOG: Four Ways Hospital Supply Chain Leaders Can Get the Most Value from their GPO in the Facilities and Construction Space

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BLOG: The Shift from Reprocessed to Single-Use Endoscopes Grows: Is it Right for Your Organization?

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Navigating the Nitrile Glove Shortage: How to Assess Nontraditional Glove Brokers

While shortages of certain categories of personal protective equipment have improved, a shrinking supply of chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves has become a growing concern. To help members navigate the market, Vizient developed a guide for members that outlines important steps and considerations when utilizing nontraditional glove brokers.

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Additional Vizient Supplier Diversity Boosts Local Economies, Supports Member Goals

As income and health care inequality reach crisis proportions across the country, the inclusion of local and diverse suppliers in hospitals’ supply chains is one way hospitals can help impact their communities. Vizient launched four additional offerings help support members’ goals of inclusivity and supply chain diversity and utilization.

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Members Donate Excess COVID-19 Equipment and Supplies to Countries in Need

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, an academic health system in the southeast focused on securing as much medical equipment and personal protective equipment as possible to ensure they were equipped to care for COVID-19 patients. Over a year later, like many health systems, the organization found itself with excess quantities of ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns and other supplies. With supply lines stabilized, many hospitals find themselves with excess quantities of certain medical supplies. That’s where Project C.U.R.E. comes in.

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BLOG: How a Medical Director of Supply Chain Helps Bridge Gap Between Physicians and Supply Chain

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BLOG: How COVID Changed Long-Held Hospital Lab and Supply Chain Assumptions

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BLOG: Is Just in Time Just in Trouble?

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Pharmacy

 

Enhanced Sourcing Program Assures Consistent Access to Essential Pediatric Medications

Random shortages of essential medications for pediatrics can be a problem for U.S. hospitals. Read how Vizient’s Novaplus® Enhanced Supply Program achieved a 91% fill rate in 2020, helping to ensure the availability of essential pediatric medications for members.

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BLOG: It’s Time for Commonsense Drug Pricing Solutions

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BLOG: Five Things to Protect your Health System Pharmacy from Cyber Intrusions

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BLOG: Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy is Alive and Enhancing an Integrated Patient Experience

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Published: December 12, 2021