As Augusten Burroughs writes, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” Arguably the most important industry in which a supply chain must work perfectly is the medical industry. A physician or nurse lacking the correct medical device or amount of supplies can have a dire effect on the end product: your health.
If you’ve ever taken a road trip, the experience of being in unfamiliar territory can be stressful. Knowing which exits to take, understanding what parts of town to avoid and being aware of problem traffic areas are all luxuries you don’t have when driving through an unknown city. However, with a little research and planning, your trip can be much easier. Having a predetermined route, knowing about road construction, and timing your trip to avoid local rush hours will put you safely at your destination without the headache of a dozen u-turns. Implementing a WMS for your medical product distribution center can be quite similar.
The days of going to see the doctor when you feel under the weather, getting a check-up, paying your co-pay and picking up your prescription are long gone. This change in your medical experience is being spurred by an overhaul of our healthcare system. With everything changing, from the way doctors, hospitals and clinics are being reimbursed to a focus on preventative measures, a change is needed in the way that we manage medical practices. A key component of this transition will be developing a focus on the supply chain within our healthcare system.
In the world of medicine, there is perhaps no more important quality than precision. The physical movements of a physician in the operating room need to be exact. One slip of the wrist at the wrong time can be the difference between life and death. The medical devices used in a procedure are crucial to the decision making process in any operating room. In order for any surgery to be successful, medical devices are expected to be delivered on-time and accurately. Sounds simple in theory, right? While it may be a simple process for many industries, the medical device sector presents a set of unique circumstances that make this challenge anything but simple.
The recent months have brought some intense weather to all corners of our country. From the “Polar Vortex” last winter to violent tornadoes across the Midwest to Hurricane Arthur, each new day and week holds something new and potentially challenging. The only thing constant about weather is change. Theses volatile climate patterns unfortunately bring more than wind, snow, rain and lightning. Unfortunately these events cause a spike in emergency room and hospital visits. There have already been 41 tornado fatalities in 2014, according to NOAA. In fact during the Polar Vortex, Modernhealthcare.com reported that hospitals in Detroit brought in additional staff on multiple occasions to treat ER patients.