Repositioning Supply Chain in Health Care Systems (white paper; .pdf, 762 KB)

Supply chain strategies and operational resources have been demonstrated to be relevant to an organization realizing its competitive capability. For individual hospitals, and the health care systems (referred to as “systems” in the paper) in which they reside, supplies, which constitute the second largest cost after labor, have generally been managed at a local level with a strong focus on transactions associated with order fulfillment. Systems are increasingly recognizing the value that supply chain management can bring to their organizations and have moved to reposition the supply chain function at a strategic level in the organization.

This paper reports on interviews with 14 senior supply chain managers and 7 senior system leaders regarding the repositioning of supply chain into the executive suite of their systems.

By: Staff of Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium and Arizona State University. Sept. 24, 2010.