For those focused on the healthcare supply chain, the seemingly endless debate that eventually led to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (more commonly referred to as the healthcare reform bill) was particularly frustrating, not so much for the divisive discourse as for the lack of consideration of the role the healthcare supply chain can play in achieving one of the bill’s primary objectives: the delivery of quality healthcare at a lower overall cost. But upon closer inspection of the final bill, there are a number of provisions that could push the supply chain to the forefront of efforts to meet that objective.
If you’re focused on the healthcare supply chain you will be hard pressed to find an industry conference, trade association, research organization, or publication that has NOT addressed the need for greater collaboration and trading partner alignment. That was not the case as recently as two years ago.
About 18 months ago, a friend of mine – the director of procurement for a multi-hospital integrated delivery network – walked into the CEO’s office and said the system needed a supply chain leader on the executive team, adding “if that person is not me, then I suggest you hire someone who can fill that role.” My friend walked out a vice president.
I had the opportunity to attend the Gartner Healthcare Exchange in Boston recently, where the second annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 was announced. For those of you who could not make the event, I invite you to register for a free webinar on Tuesday, December 14 from 12:30-1:30 pm EASTERN time , during which Gartner analyst Wayne McDonnell will discuss the program, while two of this year’s recipients will talk about how they are leveraging their supply chains to drive both clinical and business performance.