On Our Minds

Reflections on the 2012 AHRMM Conference

August 30, 2012

As I’ve written about before, we commissioned a survey of physicians last summer, in collaboration with The Optimé Group – one of our supply chain partners – in order to…

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GS1 Standards Alone Inadequate for Managing Inventory

May 31, 2012

There are some in the healthcare field who believe that when hospitals adopt GS1 standards (www.gs1.org) and integrate them into their MMIS (materials management information systems), this is enough to…

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The problem of inaccurate clinical supply documentation

April 20, 2012

At a recent HIMSS conference last month, I co-presented at a Supply Chain Special Interest Group session regarding the problem of poor clinical supply documentation accuracy at the point of…

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Vendor contract management practices: U.S. vs. Australia

March 29, 2012

On a recent business trip to Australia visiting public and private hospitals, I noticed some major differences from the U.S. in how contracts between hospitals and vendors are managed. Vendor…

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World Congress Supply Chain Leadership Summit

February 6, 2012

I recently attended the World Congress Supply Chain Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL. Excellent conference! I wanted to talk about three main themes or strategies that emerged during the many…

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The blind spot in hospitals

January 9, 2012

Did you know that at most hospitals the cost of supplies represents one of the largest budget items after labor costs? This means that there is an immediate opportunity for…

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