COVID-19 has exposed the fragile nature of the health care supply chain.
Now, many health care leaders are looking beyond the pandemic to address long-standing vulnerabilities in the supply chain to ensure that adequate supplies exist at the local, regional and national levels during times of crisis. This has led to the following market realities:
- It is critical to forge new relationships with onshore and near-shore suppliers or invest in dependable companies that can fill their needs during peak surges.
- There will be a greater need for bidirectional transparency and greater sharing of utilization data among health care providers, manufacturers and distributors.
- Just-in-time and Lean inventory-management strategies need to be reevaluated across the supply chain continuum to better document, monitor and predict product needs in daily operations as well as when product demand surges.
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Key Take Aways
Here is what our experts had to say:
Tap into community resources and diversify your supply chain portfolio
Reexamine your organization’s idle capacity
Elevate supply chain as a strategic initiative
Effective supply chain management requires investment in talent, systems, and data analytics
Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Penn State Health
Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)
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