3D printing has many relevant applications for healthcare, including onsite production of surgical devices, medical device development, and enhanced education for clinicians and patients. Even more fascinating is the impact it can have on team-based precision medicine.
Strategy to ensure business continuity and improve contract management practices lies in the recent trend of outsourcing the contract management function. Optimizing contracts means healthcare systems are receiving accurate, up-to-date pricing with prompt execution of letters of participation and commitment. This not only creates significant cost savings but also boosts an organization’s ability to perform at higher levels in other functional areas of supply chain.
While suppliers are working to mitigate blood collection tube shortages through protective allocation strategies and focusing production on tubes with the highest demand, those actions alone won’t immediately solve the problem. Providers must also consider ways to conserve allocated supplies by approaching blood collection in a more strategic — and flexible — way.
Though providers are short staffed, tired and struggling with the impact of the financial, product and logistical challenges of the past two years, they continue to look ahead at how they can isolate themselves from such challenges in the future. Vizient believes that supply assurance begins with solving for issues more upstream in the supply chain to ensure transparency, data and redundancy make that last mile delivery smooth and reliable.
Mitigating shortages of IV solutions can be difficult, but preparation makes it less so. The health systems that previously navigated such challenges had several tactics in common, including conservation and collaboration strategies.
By consistently scrutinizing social and environmental impact in all purchasing decisions, health care organizations can leverage their total purchasing power to influence suppliers and vendors to lower their carbon emissions, use safer chemicals, reduce waste, and also improve diversity and social responsibility.
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