As supply chain leaders finally shift from putting out fires to operating in a more controlled state of managing the COVID-19 pandemic with a gradual return to an ‘altered normal,’ the future of the hospital system supply chain remains in question.
While the base requirements of cost control and product standardization remain critical, the transition from the pandemic to endemic phase of COVID presents healthcare supply chain leaders with the opportunity to look beyond immediate needs and consider ways to establish a new operating model, one in which the supply chain itself functions as a strategic enabler.
L.E.K. Consulting’s 2022 U.S. Hospital and Healthcare Supply Chain survey offers key insights into developments for hospital/health system supply chains, including: the continued focus on cost reduction in the wake of supply chain challenges; increased standardization of supply chain systems for both acute and non-acute care settings; and ways in which health systems are evolving, and investing in their own supply chain resiliency.
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