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  • Supply Chain and Clinical Specialty Areas: The Challenges

    By Sophie Rutherford

    August 17, 2017

    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 the key discussion points from that webinar.

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  • Demand-Driven Supply Chain: 10 Steps To Take Today

    By Sophie Rutherford

    June 2, 2017

    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.”  

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  • Becoming a Demand-Driven Supply Chain – Yes, Even In Healthcare (Part 3)

    By Sophie Rutherford

    May 25, 2017

    “People think we got big by putting big stores in small towns.  Really, we got big by replacing inventory with information.”  Sam Walton

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  • Shift to a Demand-Driven Supply Chain (Part 2)

    By Douglas Lowe

    May 5, 2017

    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 standards.

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  • A Demand-Driven Supply Chain - 4 Pillars for Success (Part 1)

    By Sophie Rutherford

    April 29, 2017

    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.

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  • Is Your Hospital Actually Managing Inventory?

    By Cheryl Flury

    March 15, 2017

    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.

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  • The Healthcare Supply Chain: 2017 and Beyond

    By Sophie Rutherford

    January 10, 2017

    2017 might be the tipping point for healthcare supply chain leaders to prepare for the next decade - the years 2020 and beyond.

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  • Fixing Your Inventory Processes: Start Small, Think Big

    By Douglas Lowe

    November 16, 2016

    Several years ago, I started a new job as a supply chain manager in a large hospital with well-established systems and business processes.  As I was getting to know how things worked, I had to wonder “what did I just inherit?” I knew it was time to dig in and find out what was working well, what wasn’t working at all, and build from there.

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