Refer to the weekly readings, in particular the article“Applying Supply Chain Best Practices from Other Industries to Healthcare”. It refers to tactics that successful companies employ to achieve high-performing supply chains, and suggests that improved supply chain can improve healthcare costs within providers. An excerpt:
“Several years ago, Sisters of Mercy extended an open invitation to vendors to explore collaborative projects; while only one vendor, Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, responded at the time, the result was a successful vendor managed inventory program. Moore says not every vendor makes a good collaborative partner, and there is no one-size- fits-all approach. Instead, he says, explore what works for you and your partner. Here are a few examples:….”
Conduct research on SCM practices. PICK ONE best practice and research how it has been deployed in healthcare, could be a green practice such as discarding biohazard material. Post a reflection of no more than 500 words with “lessons learned” relative to a specific practice (describe the practice, who, where and how is being implemented, challenges associated with implementation, key success factors and associated benefits, outlays and risks) . You can also reflect on your past experience dealing with related challenges.