• Could AI fix medical supply chain woes?

    Using artificial intelligence (AI) in the medical supply chain is a hot topic. But is AI just wishful thinking, or can it really fix supply chain woes— especially those that emerged during the pandemic?
  • A Smart Supply Chain Supports Value-Based Care

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    Value-based care pressures are pushing many healthcare supply chain leaders to launch a new approach to operations—one that prioritizes risk management and cost control at scale without sacrificing care quality or outcomes.
  • Put all your eggs in one basket, LifePoint Health's supply chain VP says

    With "resiliency" being the latest buzzword circulating talks of healthcare supply chain efforts, most say diversifying supplier contracts is key. Jay Kirkpatrick, vice president of supply chain operations at Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, disagrees. 
  • 10 systems seeking supply chain leaders

    Here are 10 health systems and hospitals that posted job listings seeking supply chain expertise in the last week: 
  • Intera Oncology recalls hepatic artery infusion pumps

    The FDA and Intera Oncology recalled a hepatic artery infusion pump after reports from clinicians indicated the device was delivering medications at a faster-than-expected rate, an FDA news release stated July 10.
  • Medtronic completes acquisition of medtech company

    Medical device company Medtronic fully acquired Affera, a medtech company based in Newton, Mass., on Aug. 30. 
  • 13 recent drug, device recalls

    Here are 13 drug and medical device recalls the FDA reported in August: 
  • Philips recalls more respirators, this time because of a plastic issue

    Philips Respironics is recalling 386 bilevel positive airway pressure ventilators because the machines could "release chemicals of concern" related to a "non-compatible material" in its plastic, the FDA said Aug. 29. 
  • Medtronic's defibrillator sees 98.7% success rate in global trial

    Minneapolis-based devicemaker Medtronic found a 98.7 percent success rate for a defibrillator that isn't on the market in a global, company-sponsored study. The trial's goal was 88 percent. 
  • HHS invests $11M into monkeypox vaccine production

    HHS is plugging $11 million into a Michigan facility tasked with filling vials with monkeypox vaccine Jynneos, the department said Aug. 29. 
  • Abbott resumes producing most popular baby formula

    Abbott Nutrition is back to manufacturing Similac, its leading baby formula product, and the company said Aug. 26 it expects to provide it to buyers by mid-October. 
  • Memorial Health System joins Health Trust for supply chain resiliency

    Gulfport, Miss.-based Memorial Health System joined Nashville, Tenn.-based HealthTrust for supply chain resiliency under a multiyear group purchasing agreement. HealthTrust will serve as the health network's exclusive group purchasing organization. 
  • Lacking funds, White House to stop delivery of free COVID-19 tests

    The federal government plans to halt its program that delivers free, at-home COVID-19 tests on Sept. 2 because of dwindling funds, according to reports from CNN and NBC News. 
  • N95 masks aren't in shortage anymore, FDA says

    The COVID-19 pandemic shoved the nation's weak supply of personal protective equipment into the limelight when hospitals scrambled to grab enough gowns, medical masks and gloves in 2020. More than two years later, N95 respirator masks exited the FDA's medical device shortage list.
  • 10 systems seeking supply chain talent

    Here are 10 health systems and hospitals that have posted job listings seeking supply chain expertise in the last week: 
  • 3 strategies for a stronger supply chain: McKinsey survey

    With some hospitals and health systems spending up to 40 percent of their budgets on supply, consulting company McKinsey compiled supply chain executives' main strategies at bolstering their work and published the results Aug. 23.
  • Monkeypox vaccine dose-sparing causes headaches for public health officials

    The latest strategy to stretch the supply of the world's only monkeypox vaccine, Bavarian Nordic's Jynneos, is frustrating local health officials tasked with distributing the doses, Politico reported Aug. 24. 
  • Hobbs Medical selects new president

    Medical equipment manufacturer Hobbs Medical appointed John Kirwan as its next president, effective immediately. 
  • 5 recent medical supplier acquisitions, partnerships

    Here are five recent acquisitions, deals and partnerships that have sprung up since Aug. 16:
  • Medtronic recalls 87K short circuiting defibrillators

    Medtronic recalled 87,709 defibrillators Aug. 19 in a class 1 recall, the most serious type, after 27 complaints have reported the device delivering an electric shock at a too-low voltage. 
  • Blood supply levels drop 50% since early summer, supplier says

    Vitalant's blood supply has dropped by nearly 50 percent since early summer, the supplier said Aug. 22, urging people to donate ahead of Labor Day weekend. 

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