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  • Supply Chain & Clinical Specialty Areas: Visibility & Organization
    By Rita Antis, CMRP, Materials Manager, Perioperative Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Now you're ready to take steps toward better visibility and organization. One of the biggest problems with inventory management in clinical specialty areas that a clinician would face is the lack of data for good decision making.  And this is an area that supply chain can help.  The very foundation of inventory management is utilizing PAR levels.  Start by explaining this inventory management... Read More
  • Supply Chain & Clinical Specialty Areas: Collaborative Teams
    By Rita Antis, CMRP, Materials Manager, Perioperative Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Now that you’ve established a dialog with clinicians in each of the specialty areas, the next step is to engage them in a collaborative team approach.  Let’s start by understanding that clinicians can provide deep clinical knowledge of the supplies that they use, including specific requirements based on their expertise. Conversely, supply chain can provide an understanding of inventory method... Read More
  • Supply Chain & Clinical Specialty Areas: The Right People
    By Rita Antis, CMRP, Materials Manager, Perioperative Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center As Sophie Rutherford mentioned in the last blog post, there are some well-established gaps between enterprise-wide supply chain processes and clinical specialty areas.  The problems that result include time spent by clinical staff in non-patient care activities, inventory issues including overstocking, high percentage of expirations and stock-outs, higher-than-needed costs and lower-than-needed v... Read More
  • Supply Chain & Clinical Specialty Areas: The Challenges
    By Sophie Rutherford Recently, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a webinar with Rita Antis, CMRP, Materials Manager, Perioperative Services, Materials Management, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, in which we looked at the gaps and challenges, relationships and opportunities for improvement between a hospital’s enterprise-wide Supply Chain Management team and Clinical Specialty Areas. For people who weren’t able to attend, in the next few blog posts, Rita and I will recap some of t... Read More
  • Demand-Driven Supply Chain: 10 Steps To Take Today
    By Sophie Rutherford In the last few blogs, we’ve talked about what it means to become a more demand-driven supply chain, and we’ve used this definition (albeit, a bit customized for healthcare): “A system of coordinated processes and technologies that senses and reacts to real-time demand signals across a network of suppliers, employees and patients.”   We’ve talked about how to create the infrastructure that enables demand signals that can be shared up and down the supply chain, a... Read More
  • Becoming a Demand-Driven Supply Chain – Yes, Even In Healthcare (Part 3)
    By Sophie Rutherford “People think we got big by putting big stores in small towns.  Really, we got big by replacing inventory with information.”  Sam Walton Does the word healthcare have to be a “qualifier” –  our go-to reason why our supply chain can’t be more demand-driven?  We’ve all heard the example of Walmart as the global leader in supply chain management. But what are some of the things that make them great at this?  There's a long list of attributes, all of which ... Read More
  • Shift to a Demand-Driven Supply Chain (Part 2)
    By Douglas Lowe It’s (Still) All About the Data We have data standards in healthcare, right? So do we really have data problems? (And what does this have to do with building a demand-driven supply chain?) If you think of a demand-driven supply chain as an environment where you’re sending real-time demand signals up and down the system, standardized data is probably the most fundamental building block. Yet in healthcare, at the heart of the data issue is still the inconsistency of data stan... Read More
  • A Demand-Driven Supply Chain - 4 Pillars for Success (Part 1)
    By Sophie Rutherford What does it mean to become a more demand-driven supply chain? I recently saw a good definition and adjusted it to apply it to healthcare - “A system of coordinated processes and technologies that senses and reacts to real-time demand signals across a network of suppliers, employees and patients.”  The crux is this: we need an infrastructure that enables demand signals to be shared up and down the supply chain. So how we can best align and leverage data, optimize wor... Read More
  • Is Your Hospital Actually Managing Inventory?
    By Cheryl Flury So many hospitals aren't managing inventory! Our team spends a lot of time in hospital supply rooms and in almost every facility, we see a requisitioning method we call “par replenishment.” This seems to be the most common form of supply ordering found in hospitals today. But people THINK it’s inventory management. Here’s what’s supposed to happen: supply technicians enter a supply room and visually scan each item on the shelf. If they see something that appears to b... Read More
  • The Healthcare Supply Chain: 2017 and Beyond
    By Sophie Rutherford 2017 might be the tipping point for healthcare supply chain leaders to prepare for the next decade - the years 2020 and beyond. With the financial support of HITECH for Electronic  Health Record technology ending, I believe we’ll see renewed focus on the areas where healthcare technology still lacks. There is a greater need to integrate systems to the EHR, as well as  a requirement to invest in technologies for other areas, specifically supply chain. Although healthca... Read More

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