Healthcare Inventory Reserve – Why a Strategic Stockpile is Mission Critical?

Some may have declared the pandemic over, but healthcare entities acutely remember the historic healthcare supply challenges they faced over the past two years. Many are no doubt still feeling the effects of pandemic-related shortages that impacted everything from patient care to cleaning efforts to meal delivery. While federal and state officials consider improvements to preparedness […]

Supply Chain Diversity: A Business Case

More and more businesses are consciously seeking to add diverse suppliers. In a nutshell, companies are forging intentional partnerships with smaller businesses owned by underrepresented groups. These businesses are owned by women, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ community or another of the 16 diversity groups recognized by the federal government. A […]

National Healthcare Supply Chain Week

Supply chains have been in the news a lot in recent months. From toilet paper to microchips, it seems everything has been in short supply at some point since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare supply chain has not been immune. Remember when COVID-19 vaccines were in short supply? Or when people were […]

Why Is Sustainability Important in the Medical Supply Space?

Many business publications, including Forbes and Harvard Business Review, say businesses of any sort should focus on sustainability. But why is it important for a medical supply business to be socially and environmentally responsible? Some say it’s important because more and more customers want to do business with socially conscious companies. There’s evidence to back […]

New FDA Guidance for UDI Symbol Use.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required medical device manufacturers to print unique device identifier (UDI) information on device packaging for years now. Unfortunately, whereas manufacturers experience inherent challenges, UDIs also present problems for end users. However, new guidance from the FDA offers a way to identify UDIs on package labeling more clearly. What […]

What Is the Cost, Quality and Outcomes Movement, and How Can It Affect Your Healthcare Organization?

In the face of growing materials costs, healthcare organizations are striving to make care more cost-effective for patients. Behind the scenes, where their work is practically invisible to patients and frontline caregivers, supply chain and materials management professionals are constantly looking for creative ways to manage costs. Along with increased healthcare utilization and the unique […]