• How Data Insights Can Revolutionize Medication Management and Consistently Boost ROI

    In major hospitals, pharmacy costs can run hundreds of millions of dollars annually. That’s one of the reasons effective medication inventory management is so critical. Technology that allows health systems to identify major pharmacy trends, including medication waste or operational inefficiencies, can significantly impact a hospital’s bottom line. 
  • Top 10 attributes to look for in an inventory services provider

    Stop spending thousands of dollars on products that go unused. See how the right inventory partner can prevent overstocking, spot hoarding and reduce the risk of expired products being used in patient care.
  • Medline recalls procedure kits, trays over saline products

    Medline is recalling certain procedure kits, trays and packs that include saline from Nurse Assist, the FDA said in a March 25 notice. 
  • California system chooses Vizient

    Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health tapped Vizient on March 25 for an expansive agreement to access the healthcare performance company's cost-saving and quality improvement offerings. 
  • Medical devicemaker Masimo weighs splitting off consumer line

    Medical supply company Masimo is considering a joint venture as it looks to split off its consumer business, The Wall Street Journal reported March 25. 
  • St. Luke's pens 2 partnerships for future supply warehouse

    Boise, Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System secured two partnerships March 25 for its planned warehouse in Meridian, Idaho. 
  • Illinois health system's supply company promotes director

    Quincy, Ill.-based Blessing Health System promoted Amy Ogle, a respiratory therapist and store manager, to be the director of durable medical equipment operations for its medical supply company. 
  • 6 recent device recalls, issues

    Here are six warnings the FDA has issued about medical devices since March 1:
  • After FDA warns of China-made syringes, BD ramps up production

    After the FDA reported a potential quality issue related to China-made plastic syringes in November, BD increased its domestic manufacturing efforts. 
  • After 3,698 complaints, devicemaker recalls infusion pumps

    An unspecified number of ambulatory infusion pumps were recalled because of nearly 3,700 complaints related to several product issues, the FDA said March 20. 
  • Customers told to destroy 6M resuscitators

    In a Class I recall, the most serious type, customers of more than 6.6 million resuscitators were advised to discard or destroy the devices because of a manufacturing defect. 
  • 129 injuries, 49 deaths reported with Abiomed heart pump issue

    Abiomed updated warnings on more than 60,000 Impella Left Sided Heart Pumps because the device might cut the wall of the heart's left ventricle, the FDA said March 21. 
  • MIT: How to build a reliable supply chain

    "Black swan" events, or debilitating incidents that are nearly unpredictable, showcase the necessity for supply chains to have resiliency plans — but most organizations aren't prepared, according to a March 20 report from MIT Technology Review Insights. 
  • Northwell taps supply chain risk management partner

    Northwell Health is looking to simplify its supply vendor rankings by partnering with Exiger, a supply chain and third-party risk AI company. 
  • US expands 1st-of-kind supply chain initiative

    The White House is expanding a data partnership with numerous U.S. companies and logistics providers to track supply chain operations in real time.
  • FDA increases urgency about China-made syringes

    Nearly four months after the FDA said it was investigating reports of China-made syringes breaking and leaking, the agency confirmed the quality issue and found the problem is "more widespread than originally known."
  • Massachusetts protects crabs vital to drug, device industry

     Massachusetts is implementing new regulations to protect horseshoe crabs, which play a key role in drug and device safety, the Portland Press Herald reported March 19.
  • AHA supply chain group taps executive

    The American Hospital Association's supply chain group, Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management, named Mike Schiller as its new executive director March 18. 
  • Cedars-Sinai-backed company aims to speed device recalls

    A software company that went through Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai's accelerator program is aiming to streamline the medical device recall process, Fast Company reported March 14.
  • Cleveland Clinic to roll out supply tracker chatbot systemwide

    For about a year, Cleveland Clinic has built and tested an AI-powered chatbot that generates answers on supply orders. Over the next three months, the technology will be launched to the system's 7,000-some employees who regularly place orders. 
  • High-reliability supply chains: 6 qualities that help drive financial + patient care improvements

    Healthcare organizations have faced unprecedented pressures in the last decade. Shifting consumer preferences, changing reimbursement models and supply chain disruptions have all become the norm. In addition, health system leaders routinely struggle with escalating costs, as well as eroding margins.

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