Supply chain managers are used to cost-cutting drives. When expenses rise or revenues fall, it is their job to find savings through logistics, procurement or operational efficiency. But it’s a whole different ball-game when you throw patients into the mix.
The patient-centered supply chain cannot extend lead times, procure a different product, or afford to run out of inventory. For that reason, hospitals typically see supply chain as a cost of doing business: a necessary evil weighing down profitability — but does it have to be this way?
The discussion may be found at: Healthcare supply chains are shifting as cost pressures rise