Product Standardization

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Virginia Mason Medical Center – Virginia Mason Memorial Supply Chain Integration

ISSUE With Supply Chain expenses for medical supplies, devices and implants hovering around 10% of an organization’s total net revenue, this is an area where economies of scale, negotiating power and collaboration come together to make healthcare more sustainable and cost effective. The Virginia Mason Health System is committed to taking advantage of these opportunities […]

Four Benefits of Utilizing Procure-to-Pay Best Practices

by Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere The struggle to maintain greater control and compliance on spend – both clinical and non-clinical – coupled with the consistent demand to reduce costs and increase efficiency, can be overcome by consolidating procurement and expense management capabilities. Linking the procurement and accounts payable functions through an […]

Purchase Price is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Shannon Wheeler, Director, Supply Chain Solutions Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) refers to the total of all costs associated with every activity in the supply chain. More than just the purchase costs, TCO uncovers the more unseen costs involved in purchasing. In fact, the purchase cost often accounts for only a small portion of […]

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 (#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 […]

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 […]