Healthcare Supply Management

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 […]

Nov 28, 2020  |  Director's Blog

During the Covid Crisis, don’t forget the Opioid Crisis

This week in a remotely conducted hearing in federal court in New Jersey, Purdue Pharma’s chairman, Steve Miller, acknowledged  that in order to meet sales goals, the company told the Drug Enforcement Administration that it had created a program to […]

Nov 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Building a More Immune Supply Chain: Focusing on the Basics

What should organizations do when confronted by a global disruption like the pandemic?  This question was faced by many companies and private sector organizations who were faced with a sudden need for PPE and other supplies, and discovered that all […]

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 18, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Diversifying the Supply Base to Prepare for Disruption in COVID: Now is the Time!

Diversifying your supply base prior to a major crisis like COVID is more important than ever as we go into the winter season.  The likelihood of another surge is now becoming apparent, as the cases in Europe and the US […]

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 […]

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 9, 2020  |  Articles

PPE Shortages Disrupting Hospitals Nationwide: Portrait of a Broken Healthcare Supply Chain

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted the massive shortages of PPE that are now decimating hospitals nationwide, as the number of new cases of Coronavirus goes through the roof.  The Post notes that: “Health-care workers on the front […]

Jun 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The PPE Shortage Nightmare is Far From Over — It’s About to Get Worse

Given the lack of discussion in the media on supply chain shortages in healthcare, one would think that this crisis has been averted, and that shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medicines, and hospital supplies is now a history lesson.  […]