From the CEO

Are You Maximizing the Benefits of Strategic Sourcing?

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Strategic sourcing applies advanced sourcing techniques and drives simplification and standardization of sourced products and services. This strategy should focus on elimination of redundancies, refinement of business processes, ideas for continuous improvement and formalized savings tracking systems. A strong strategic sourcing function offers numerous benefits around lower costs, […]

How to Find Opportunities to Advance Your Supply Chain Organization

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere A recent supply chain survey conducted by UPS found that only 18 percent of companies could produce a current supply chain strategy document with a detailed project roadmap. Why? Much of it has to do with the fact that supply chain, especially in the case of healthcare, is […]

Four Key Capabilities for Supply Chain Excellence

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere Healthcare entities have long been behind the curve when it comes to supply chain success. But in recent years, I have noticed we are beginning to “turn the corner,” and focusing on equipping our organizations and people with the resources and knowledge to elevate the supply chain as […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#10-12)

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In my last post of this series, we focus on the final three fundamental supply chain best practices, around internal business costs and processes. Manage inventory – The key to maximizing your strategy should include aspects of inventory control (access), management (establishing par levels, etc.) and integrity (expiration), […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#7-9)

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In my last post, we covered performance management, establishing a strategic sourcing strategy and managing the total cost of ownership as fundamental best practices of healthcare supply chain management. This week, we’ll move on to some supplier focused best practices and one that focuses on the payment process.  […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#4-6)

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In my last post, I began highlighting the fundamental best practices of healthcare supply chain management, with the goal of helping you elevate your supply chain operation into a strategic resource. We started with a few building blocks – developing a strategy, aligning the supply chain organization and […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#1-3)

by Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In previous posts, I’ve shared with you how important a role the supply chain plays in the efficient operation of your healthcare facility. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be offering a series of posts highlighting the fundamental best practices of healthcare supply chain management, in the hopes […]

Supply Chain Strategies in Healthcare Reform Will Require Much More than Price Management

by Brent Johnson, Intalere President and CEO Supply Chain Management is practiced by most large companies with significant financial success, but what exactly is Supply Chain Management? More than just seeking to pay a lower price on products and services, it entails a disciplined, systematic process of analyzing corporate expenditures and developing strategies to reduce […]

Why Standardization and Commitment in the Supply Chain Makes Sense

by Brent Johnson, Intalere President and CEO Today’s healthcare supply chain professionals are eager for frameworks that can assist them in analyzing and improving their supply chain for maximum effectiveness. One of the most direct and effective ways to streamline processes and reduce costs is through standardization and volume commitment. Identifying and eliminating duplication, in […]

Transforming the Perception on the Importance of the Healthcare Supply Chain

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere The healthcare supply chain is complex and very costly. And cost pressures on healthcare coming in the future create a “burning platform” or big need for supply chain to demonstrate their value. The low hanging fruit, or value, of supply chain is still easier to obtain than laying […]