National Health Care Supply Chain Week starts October 6

Oct. 4, 2019

Every year, AHRMM sponsors National Health Care Supply Chain Week to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals have in delivering high-quality patient care. This year, National Health Care Supply Chain Week is October 6-12, with the theme: Health Care Supply Chain: Advancing Health Care Through Clinical Integration.

Supply chain professionals in healthcare organizations add tremendous value as they are equipped to make long-term purchasing decisions through innovative inventory management practices and strategic sourcing, which impacts the cost, quality and outcomes of patient care.

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Through National Health Care Supply Chain Week, AHRMM aims to increase awareness of the important work that supply chain professionals in healthcare organizations do amongst key stakeholder groups in the field. Join AHRMM and your peers nationwide as they proudly recognize supply chain professionals in healthcare organizations! Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, healthcare has transitioned from volume-based care to value-based care to provide patients access to efficient, effective and equitable care.

In response, leading hospitals and health systems began implementing programs to facilitate communication and idea-sharing amongst key stakeholders involved with patients to coordinate the best possible care - this is clinical integration. AHRMM defines clinical integration in the healthcare supply chain as an interdisciplinary partnership to deliver patient care with the highest value (high quality, best outcomes, and minimal waste at the lowest cost of care) that is achieved through assimilation and coordination of clinical and supply chain knowledge, data, and leadership toward care across the continuum that is safe, timely, evidence-based, efficient, equitable, and patient-focused.

Clinical Integration and Supply Chain The role of the supply chain in clinical integration is paramount as no other group interacts with every major stakeholder involved with patient care. It is this unique role that allows the supply chain professional to identify connections to deliver value, which would have otherwise gone unrecognized, to reduce costs, deliver efficiencies and improve the quality of care for patients and communities. For more information on clinical integration, download the free Adopting a Clinically Integrated Supply Chain Poster.

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