At the beginning of August, I attended the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management’s (AHRMM) annual meeting. We were excited to welcome AHRMM to our backyard, Indianapolis, just 50 miles from Bloomington.
Looking back at the days spent at AHRMM, I see that five themes were prevalent throughout many of the discussions and have been for the past 10 months. These themes are: clinical alignment, reduction in clinical variation, efficiency, procedural standardization, and preventive care. Over the next few months, I’ll use this blog to talk about each of these topics in-depth. (We’ve talked about preventive care in this post.) Let’s discuss clinical alignment, since it is one of the most foundational topics.
For more than 50 years, Cook has worked with physicians to help solve their clinical problems. One of the things that our Healthcare Business Solutions team does is help solve problems on the business side by working with our customers to create a more efficient supply chain. This requires us to align with the clinical teams within Cook to provide our customers with holistic solutions. Hospitals and healthcare systems can feel like they are on different sides too, so it is just as important for their clinical and supply chain to be aligned. To us, alignment means both sides of the table are on the same page and understand what each other’s goals are and that their strategies line up. Both clinical and supply chain teams have essential roles to play in creating an efficient business. If we can improve the clinical and business collaboration, we’ll be able to spend time on what truly matters: getting better patient outcomes at the right price and at the right time.
This is why meetings like AHRMM are so important to us. We can hear firsthand from our customers about the challenges they face on the business side of healthcare and work with them to find solutions. Doing this across our range of customers allows us to uncover trends in the industry. Then, we can help educate customers on what lessons we’ve learned from working through alignment initiatives within our own organization and with hospitals.
How is your organization working to align clinical and supply chain goals? I want to hear about what’s working and what’s not.
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David Reed is currently Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Healthcare Business Solutions for Cook Medical Incorporated. With over 30 years of life science industry expertise Dave holds an MBA from California Miramar University and serves as a member of the Indiana University Kelly School of Business Supply Chain and Global Management Academy Advisory Board.