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Category Archives: Healthcare Supply Management

  1. I had the opportunity to hear Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck,  speak at the SC50 meeting.   Ken was a single child raised by a single father in Philadelphia, making his way into Harvard Law eventually.  Prior to becoming CEO, Ken was the general counsel for Merck, and was the lead representative in defending Merck against […]

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  2. A recent visit to a mid-sized hospital in the Northeast United States provided a number of important insights into how is great a problem material handing data integrity is in the daily life of those people who work in operating rooms across the country. The nurses, buyers, surgical techs, operating room specialists, and physicians who […]

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  3. I spent the day at Biogen’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA today, with a group of executives sharing ideas on how to drive innovation.  Biogen is already a highly innovative company, as they have continued to drive new treatments in MS, and in 2014, the first major treatment advances in nearly two decades for people living with […]

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  4. I had the opportunity to visit with the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC yesterday, and held a negotiation workshop with the supply chain directors and managers.  This was at the request of my good friend, Tom Nash, who I have known since 2000, when he was an IT Sourcing executive at Shell Oil in […]

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  5. Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Idec spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.  Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest […]

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  6. Many organizations are focused on driving analytics as a foundation for competitive advantage.  Often overlooked in this discussion is the importance of establishing a foundation for analytics through the process of data readiness and data cleansing.  The Data Readiness Level (DRL) is a quantitative measure of the value of a piece of data at a […]

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  7. In today’s environment, hospitals continue to outsource their sourcing capabilities to a national or regional group of Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO’s), who claim to obtain leveraged savings for groups of large commodities.  To truly become more strategic, however, healthcare providers need to adopt a strategic intent to insist on visibility and cleanliness of all data, […]

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  8. As “Obamacare” continues to plow forward, the effects on the healthcare environment are slowly but surely being felt.  One of the biggest recipients of this trend is the pharmaceutical environment. Several trends have shaped the pharmaceutical ecosystem in the last few years, and Obamacare is only one among many.  The issues supply chain executives face […]

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  9. Focus on What Matters – The One Thing that will Sustain Continuous Improvement in Healthcare By David Gebler “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” – Albert Einstein Leaders are tired of perpetually “managing change,” yet so few organizations do it well. […]

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  10. Although strategic sourcing capabilities are well established in industries ranging from automotive to electronics, they are still in the formative stages in the biotechnology sector.   It isn’t easy to drive change in biotech companies for a number of reasons. With their external spend increasing so fast, there is great pressure on biotech companies to rethink […]

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  11. When Jon Stegner walked in to his first week at the University of Chicago Medical Center, one of the first places he visited was the Emergency Room, and the nearby supply room. What he saw there, was in his words, “chaos”. Medical supplies were in boxes strewn in random piles. Many of the boxes contained […]

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  12. Josh Feldstein from the Center for Applied Value Analysis came to speak in my class today, and provided a fascinating view of the future for healthcare. CAVA started off as a spinoff of Josh’s medical education firm.  He could clearly see that the industry was changing, and healthcare clients managing large hospitals were asking for […]

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  13. The passing of the Obama Healthcare Reform Act, and the subsequent vote by the Supreme Court that the requirement that forces individuals to pay a tax if they do not comply, is perhaps not as surprising as the press would have you believe.  As I’ve noted in prior blogs, “Obamacare is simply a symptom of […]

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  14. My new book comes out this month, which focuses on the biopharma supply chain and the numerous trends and challenges that exist today, and which will continue to occur down the road.. Titled “Distribution, Regulatory, Systems, and Structural Changes in Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain”, the book covers the major themes and changes in the biopharmaceutical supply […]

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  15. The inauspicious UNSPSC (United Nations) code began as a historical marriage between the UN code set and a code set with a commercial concern (Dunn & Bradstreet).  The focus initially was to begin to drive some standardization in the way that products were coded, and overcome the challenges with the many different proprietary coding systems […]

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  16. At a recent conference held by Tracelink (Nexus Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, Septmber 2011), Bob Celeste from the GS1 organization shared his views on how the new era of visibility in the healthcare landscape is evolving. Visibility is a term which comprises the entire space including subsets defined as Track & Trace/Traceability. This term can […]

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  17. Over the last eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many different participants in the healthcare supply chain: drug manufacturers, Group Purchasing Organizations, retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, physicians, consultants, academics, clinical researchers, third party logistics providers, pharmacy benefits managers, and others. Over this period, the level of anxiety has been mounting considerably, culminating […]

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  18. Attending the IDN Summit in Phoenix today, one wouldn’t know by the relaxed atmosphere at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore that there is significant tension in the air….until you sit down and talk to a few of the supply chain executives attending. There are several big themes that are dominating the conversation, and number one on […]

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  19. I recently had an article posted in the Journal of Healthcare Transportation. The article goes into one area of healthcare that is often overlooked…..transportation. When you think about it , elements such as lab specimens, patient records, files, X-rays, and other documents are critical to physician decision-making. When these items are lost, time is wasted, […]

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  20. Spend Management in HealthcareThe SCRC recently conducted an industry study, led by Dr. Handfield, and four MBA students (Ragesh Rajan, Rahul Sharma, Sangrum Chavan, and Swetha Menta) on the current state of spend management solutions in healthcare. A spend analysis was often viewed as a one-time annual event to derive budgeting estimates, and develop insights […]

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  21. Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a means to minimize risk, optimize operating costs, improve revenue, improve operating margin and hence enable the hospital to better serve the patient.  Executives are now […]

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