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Gartner: Supply Chain Is Changing Healthcare for the Better

Healthcare is a unique value chain. Its demand arises not from want, but from need. Orders come not from the customer (patient) but from an intermediary (a doctor). And willingness to pay is often infinite. How can the supply chain principles that drive CPG and hi-tech work here?

Gartner: Supply Chain Is Changing Healthcare for the Better

The answer is pretty darn well, but we're just getting going.

Hoping to understand the process of change, I interviewed Barry Blake, a colleague at SCM World who has dedicated the last 10 years to helping manufacturers, distributors and providers work toward a better healthcare value chain.

Radical Experimentation

Q) What progress have you seen with the injection of supply chain thinking into healthcare?

A) It started with a simple realization that the concept of supply chain excellence does in fact apply to healthcare and that it can make a real difference. Inefficiencies persist of course, and no one should expect a clean break with the past, but right now we’re in a period of radical experimentation.

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The answer is pretty darn well, but we're just getting going.

Hoping to understand the process of change, I interviewed Barry Blake, a colleague at SCM World who has dedicated the last 10 years to helping manufacturers, distributors and providers work toward a better healthcare value chain.

Radical Experimentation

Q) What progress have you seen with the injection of supply chain thinking into healthcare?

A) It started with a simple realization that the concept of supply chain excellence does in fact apply to healthcare and that it can make a real difference. Inefficiencies persist of course, and no one should expect a clean break with the past, but right now we’re in a period of radical experimentation.

Read Full Article

Gartner: Supply Chain Is Changing Healthcare for the Better