Re-thinking Healthcare Supply Chains After COVID

Jan 4, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What’s the Hold-up With COVID Vaccinations? Don’t Hold Your Breath…a 2021 Prediction

Welcome to 2021!  At the beginning of each year, I typically put together some predictions about what to expect in the supply chain world in the next year.  Umm…. I didn’t do so well in 2020….  About the only predictions […]

Dec 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

More Testing is Still Critical as COVID Vaccines Roll Out

Our research team in the Poole College has continued to work on the problem of how best to distribute COVID tests during a nationwide and global shortage of tests, as pandemic cases continue to grow.  Based on our interviews with […]

Dec 17, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Key Takeaways from our Vaccine Supply Chain Webinar on December 16

As the Pfizer vaccine is rolling out across the country this week, Major Dan Finkenstadt and I delivered a webinar, in which we identified a list of possible concerns and “hiccups” that may lie in store for distribution of the […]

Dec 14, 2020  |  Articles

CBC- The Medical Supply Chain Explained

SCRC Executive Director Rob Handfield and Eugene Schneller, professor of supply chain management at Arizona State University, were recently featured on WNIN radio to discuss the basics of the medical supply chain and the effects the events of 2020 have […]

Dec 9, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Preparing for the Vaccine: An SCRC Webinar on December 16

On December 16, Major Dan Finkenstadt and I will be delivering a webinar on the upcoming roll-out of the vaccine. Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution: Potential Problems and Bottlenecks [WEBINAR] The webinar is based on our personal observations, insights, and discussions with […]

Nov 8, 2020  |  Articles

Emergent Supply Chain Challenges for Deployment of the COVID19 Vaccine: Saving the Commons

As we enter into the early stages of the second wave of COVID cases, hospitals and public health administrators are worried about the new influx of cases that will arrive before the development and deployment of COVID vaccines in 2021.  […]

Oct 10, 2020  |  Director's Blog

“One Word – Are you Listening? – Plastics”: A Critical Bottleneck to COVID Testing

This famous line from “The Graduate” describes one of the major bottlenecks that exists in the PCR testing supply chain, as we learned in our research interviews this week.  I am working with a team of faculty and students on […]

Sep 17, 2020

Why the U.S. Still Has a Severe Shortage of Medical Supplies

Unlike toilet paper and hand sanitizer, the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and critical health care supplies in the United States still hasn’t stabilized, and health care professionals across the country continue to face higher risk working conditions as […]

Aug 28, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Just How Dire is the COVID Healthcare Global Supply Chain Response? (A Case Study)

One would surmise from some of the political proclamations made in the last few days that the COVID crisis is behind us and that everything is back to normal.  Some of my recent research has involved interviews with healthcare physicians, […]

Jul 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Next Supply Chain Capacity Expansion Will Be…

In the current environment, the big push for production and the biggest shortfalls in capacity is for test kits.  Recent reports identify that the level of testing is far below what they need to be, and despite their best efforts, […]