As the nation’s healthcare providers continue to be impacted by supply chain disruptions, Vizient, Inc. announced it has joined the Healthcare Industry Resilience Collaborative, a nonprofit healthcare supply chain association that champions standards and best practices in supply chain resiliency.
The provider-led, supplier-supported organization brings together key stakeholders across healthcare to align on common solutions to supply disruptions that impact patient care.
Vizient will lend its expertise as the nation’s largest healthcare performance improvement company to include a focus on resiliency score-carding, data and analytics and sourcing expertise. The HIRC membership is the latest in a series of initiatives Vizient has undertaken to bolster supply assurance across healthcare.
“A number of recent, global events has created disruption and uncertainty in the healthcare supply chain, and it demands a collaborative effort among all interested parties to begin to find solutions,” said Margaret Steele, Vizient senior vice president of med surg. “Together with HIRC, we believe we can help reduce the number and impact of supply disruptions on provider services and patient care.”
HIRC’s focus areas include standardizing resiliency key performance indicators; creating a framework to measure resiliency attributes through score-carding; and increasing supply chain visibility for greater continuity of critical supplies. The organization also focuses on risk assessment and increased transparency through data sharing.
“HIRC members share a common cause in supporting supply chain continuity to ensure the delivery of excellent patient care,” said Jesse Schafer, executive director, HIRC. “A transparent and resilient supply chain can be achieved through the cooperative efforts of providers, suppliers and industry partners. Vizient is helping to drive resiliency by joining the exchange of ideas and best practice.”