Greater Supply Chain Efficiency Can Help Hospitals in This Challenging Period

Chief Nursing Officer Kristin Stitt’s article, “How hospitals in contingency mode can leverage time to improve their supply chain,” which appeared in Healthcare Purchasing News in April 2020, counsels hospitals to take the time to examine business processes that need improvement — processes that have historically been placed on the back burner because staff were too busy. One obvious example is supply chain. By analyzing spend, understanding contracts, and evaluating Purchased Services, hospitals can improve supply chain efficiencies. Stitt points to research that shows “hospitals have the potential to save up to 60 percent of their waste by focusing on utilization efforts like waste avoidance, standardization, and process improvement.”

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