Hospital materials management has suffered from many of the same problems as materials management world wide. Many of the best practices in hospital materials management link back to the same strategic sourcing methodology in production materials management.
These best practices in hospital materials management are generating the same substantial cost reduction and service level improvements seen across the manufacturing and retail industries. Where once hospitals just managed materials, now they are looking to manage materials, expenses and even human capital.
In the 2003 Annual Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management conference, a team composed of several major medical center leaders identified six critical components of Best-In-Class hospital materials management. They are:
By developing a materials management program that reflects these six best practices in hospital materials management, your medical group can cut costs and improve patient outcomes.