4 top priorities for supply chain leaders in 2017

Louisville, Colo.-based Global Healthcare Exchange polled 50 supply chain leaders from across the country on their main priorities and outcomes for the healthcare supply chain in 2017.

Here are four areas supply chain leaders identified as top initiatives for 2017.

1. Standardization. Respondents hope to standardize medical products and supplies across all clinical areas, including physician preference items. Supply chain leaders also hope to reduce manual processes and paper transactions, standardize business processes and improve the value analysis process to increase clinical value-add for patient outcomes, according to a news release.

2. Contract Management. In 2017, many respondents shared goals of implementing a contract management system, improving contract compliance and achieving higher contract penetration.

3. Data Management and Analysis. Supply chain leaders will also work to conduct a better analysis of supply chain costs, master data management, leverage data and analytics and boost data accuracy, according to the release.

4. Optimization and Cost Reduction. Respondents aim to improve enterprise resource planning, eliminate product proliferation and reduce supply costs, warehouse items and special orders.

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