Results of our physician survey

In conjunction with The Optimé Group, VUEMED commissioned a survey of 60 physicians in July 2011 in order to evaluate their perspectives on: (a) their relationships with supply chain/materials organizations; (b) their contribution to the product selection/purchasing decisions; and (c) the impact of healthcare reform on their practice. Survey participants included interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, […]

October 10, 2011

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Product documentation challenges

One issue I’d like to talk about that’s not commonly discussed is that usage documentation by nurses and techs is notoriously inaccurate. There are a number of reasons why. First, clinical information systems are difficult to use for product documentation (descriptions missing, truncated or inaccurate, items missing, items difficult to find, etc.). Second, preference cards […]

September 17, 2011

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Managing perpetual vs. non-perpetual inventory

I had a discussion recently with someone who was asking about perpetual vs. non-perpetual clinical inventory. When it comes to most items in a department’s perpetual inventory, the department doesn’t need to track the lot number and expiration date for every single item; most of the perpetual products are not likely to expire since they’re […]

August 15, 2011

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Commissioning a physician survey

This summer we’ve commissioned a primary market research project together with The Optimé Group to examine changing physicians’ attitudes and perceptions around medical technology evaluation and purchasing decisions, as well as their relationships with both the suppliers and their hospital supply chain and administration. We’ll be presenting the findings at the IDN summit this fall. […]

July 21, 2011

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Healthcare supply chain issues

I had a talk with someone on LinkedIn regarding healthcare supply chain cost drivers. There are actually two supply chains in healthcare (more if you consider pharmaceuticals): one for commodity supplies, which are primarily handled through distributors, and one for specialty or Physician Preference Items (although many of the items that have traditionally been PPIs […]

June 14, 2011

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Product price variations

I wanted to make some observations about the wide price discrepancies of clinical products, which – it seems to me – are symptomatic of the complex dynamics of the marketplace. There are some recent changes in the landscape that play a role in creating these dynamics. As we learned from our recent research study, physicians […]

May 20, 2011

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Problems with the consignment system

The practice of consigning clinical products initially started as a way to get a variety of newly available medical devices into the hands of physicians without the need for hospitals to purchase every item right away. Sounds like a great idea: physicians get a variety of products to choose from and the hospital only pays […]

April 18, 2011

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The need for accurate clinical documentation

Recently I’ve noticed increased scrutiny of and requirements for clinical data transparency. As a result, hospital administrators are really going to have to start dealing proactively with the issue of accurate documentation (clinical, product, billing, etc.). They’re going to have to look at several factors: OR leadership; the relationships between clinical management, materials management, finance, […]

March 6, 2011

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Should products be locked up?

I’ve heard some people argue that products should be placed behind a “lock,” but I think it’s critical to think through some of the issues involved in this decision. For example, can you identify who’s taking the products without documenting or accounting for them? Is it that your physicians are taking items from the shelves […]

February 18, 2011

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