The Added Value of Supply Chain Management

By CME on Jan 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

With most healthcare organizations spending as much as 38% of their budget on supply chain activities, effective supply chain management is an absolute must in the healthcare industry.  Supply chain activities are the second largest and fastest growing expense for medical facilities, second only to labor costs.  Effective supply chain management is thus an extremely important added value to any healthcare organization's overall operations.

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Best Practices for Supply Chain Management

By CME on Dec 28, 2015 10:30:00 AM

"Industry best."

"Best practices.”

“Best in class.”

Here’s another often-cited quote:  “You can’t argue with success.”  If you want to be a high achiever and successful within your own organization, Bob Engel, C.P.M., says to look to the processes and practices used by the most successful industry leaders.  He says, “In today's economic environment, doing what you've always done—even if you do it very well—is no longer acceptable.  Under pressure to contain costs and produce results despite challenging circumstances, you (and many other supply chain managers) must transform rather than simply improve your operation.”

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4 Key Things to Keep in Mind for Your End of Budget Year Equipment Spending

By CME on Nov 24, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The end of year is a busy time in the medical world, and if you’re responsible for equipment purchases, you’re surely aware of time running out for budgeted items.  Chances are you have approved items that have to be purchased before year-end or you lose the approval.  Or, you may have a budget allocated that if unspent will be reduced next year.

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Market Segmentation for the Medical Equipment Distributor

By CME on May 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

There is often a lack of understanding regarding the differences between the market segments of acute and non-acute facilities. These differences can have an immediate effect on the way products are ordered.  More importantly, they can have an effect on how they are delivered, which can translate into high costs for non-acute customers and a potential supply chain nightmare.

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[Customer Case Study] Documented Savings on a Direct-to-Site Delivery

By CME on Apr 4, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Direct-to-Site delivery (DTS) is a critical and often overlooked service that saves time and money.  Most supply chain executives view the total cost of a product to the IDN or healthcare facility to include all of the costs that are incurred from product selection to when the product is placed in the correct room and received. DTS saves the customer money all along this supply chain journey.  It can be a great benefit to a hospital, clinic or large IDN involved in new construction or extensive remodeling projects.  Basically, it consists of making one entity (in this case it was an equipment focused distributor) responsible for not only securing the products from many manufacturers but also responsible for timely delivery directly to the rooms, assembled and ready for use.

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