Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Bring clinicians to the table when making standardization decisions in your facility

Standardization helps hospitals and health systems reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes, while also building a robust supply chain with predetermined product alternatives that can withstand disruptions.

Whether you are a small or large facility, organizations of all sizes can benefit from standardization. However, when making these standardization assessments, it is important to bring clinicians to the decision-making table. 

It is vital to consider how a standardization initiative may affect clinical performance. For example, if your health system is considering standardizing to one type of product in order to streamline operations, you need to make sure that product still serves the clinical need before changing all of your inventory. For larger health systems, it’s important to consider how standards of the practice may vary across facilities. In some cases, outlining the potential clinical outcomes maybe be more difficult than looking at the financial benefits of an initiative, so it’s important to bring clinicians to the table to aid in the discussion.

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