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August 2013

Special Focus

Puzzle power: GHS paves pathway to prominence

Deep in the breadbasket of America’s Bible Belt, the C-suite at the five-hospital Greenville (SC) Health System clearly viewed Supply Chain as a critical piece of a larger puzzle that when completed would display a panoramic vista for patients on what a successful multi-hospital system looks like. Back in 2006, however, Supply Chain struggled to stitch itself together as a mini puzzle within the larger one. But it found ways to deliver, earning the 2013 Supply Chain Department of the Year award.

GHS supply chain team pinpoints strategies, tactics for success
 

Salaries glide into second gear

As America continues to claw its way out of a recessionary economy that left an indelible stain on free-market capitalism for the risk-averse in particular, healthcare supply chain professionals seem to be weathering any fiscal aftershocks better than expected. In fact, for the second consecutive year, average supply chain salaries comfortably outpaced traditional inflationary increases.

Operating Room

Patient monitors evolve to meet
changing needs

The rapidly changing healthcare landscape is necessitating a multitude of changes in patient monitoring. As hospitals work to deliver higher quality patient care at a lower cost, medical device and diagnostics companies are adapting their technologies to satisfy a healthcare industry that strives to be more connected through the electronic collection, transfer and integration of patient data into the electronic medical record (EMR) and other repositories.

Infection Prevention

Tracking tools pinpoint outbreaks, reduce HAIs

When people enter a hospital, they expect to leave healthier and not succumb to another, perhaps more serious, illness acquired during their hospital stay. If their illness is part of an epidemic, their life and others may be lost while the source is being tracked down. Once upon a time, tracing an epidemic to its source was laborious and time-consuming. Not anymore.

Self Study Series
Sterilization containers:
A surgeon’s toolbox

IAHCSMM Viewpoint

CS Solutions
Scope storage; laryngoscope blades; test strips;
manual scope reprocessing

Products and Services

Carts, workstations morph in meaningfully useful ways

The basic form and function of the medical supply cart continues to serve as a "toolbox" of sorts, bringing medications and supplies to the point of care. But as patient care becomes increasingly digitized, workstations must offer more specialized functionalities and play more active roles in care delivery, particularly to help facilities implement electronic medical records and/or meet Meaningful Use standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

2013 Guide to Carts & Workstations

Vendor Listings

New Products

People & Opinions

Fast Foreward

Newsmaker
Do we need to re-define supply chain?
by Jeff Olson

Standard Practices
Are you ready for the standards dating game?
by Karen Conway

Having My Say
What does the ideal supplier-provider relationship look like in the future?
by Jim Francis

Back Talk
Supply utilization management’s growing benefits, challenges
by Robert T. Yokl

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