Health Care Supply Chain Management


For health care professionals completing this course, it orients them to the range of supply chain issues facing health care institutions, and some of the tools, tips and tricks in modifying current processes in the health care setting to more streamlined, efficient and economical models without sacrificing patient care. As ACA continues to restrict monetary performance of health care systems, those with the ability to make operations more efficient will continue to be in high demand.

Companies who invest in their people in learning how supply chain tenets and principles can make operations more efficient, the investment in any of their future leaders will pay dividends as they take the knowledge and help you make a more effective, efficient process and operational flow throughout your clinics, without sacrificing patient care.

Hospitals and medical practices depend greatly on getting the right equipment to the right place at the right time, and at the right price. As regulations and market forces squeeze margins of the medical sector, operators must do more and more with less and less. The application of supply chain management principles can help mitigate rising costs while providing better service to the providers and their patients.

This course provides a fundamental understanding of supply chain management, the underlying forces facing managers today, and the methods available to help address the daily challenges of supporting hospital and medical practice operations. An overview of supply chain is given to provide a firm foundation upon which to build an understanding of the tools and methods employed by operators to ensure 100% delivery of goods and services.

An emphasis is given to application of this information, demonstrating the nuances and dynamics faced with each challenge and proposed solution.

Drawing on decades of experience in strategic consulting, investment banking, operational management and health care leadership, the instructor for this course brings real life cases, lessons and experiences, providing meaningful, applicable knowledge for course attendees to implement. The case studies and examples given illustrate the challenges, dynamics and opportunities present in today’s health care environment.

Course participants will benefit from this course by gaining a core understanding of what supply chain management truly is, how it can positively impact hospital and health practice operations, and how a healthy supply chain can empower an organization’s strategic goals.

Course participants should leave the course with a deep understanding of supply chain management as applied to health care operations, and what tools are at their disposal to help shape the performance of those operations.

Participants in the course should have completed undergraduate studies in business or a health care-related field, or should have equivalent experience, along with a basic understanding of clinical operations and practices. Graduate study in a similar field is beneficial but not required.

The 1-day program is constructed around a foundational understanding of supply chain management. A look is given at what it means to manage a hospital’s supply chain, its impact on the business, and how it can enable positive change in other areas of the hospital. Just as important, the student will be given ample opportunity to apply those concepts with the use of real world case studies and scenarios.

Prior to the course, a short suite of articles will be provided by the instructor that is pertinent to the course’s studies. Additional material may be provided after the course for further reading and reinforcement of the principles discussed. Students will be further enriched and gain greater value from the course having read these articles and come prepared to discuss them in class.


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The course begins with an overview and discussion of the various components that make up the greater supply chain spectrum of activities, from managing equipment and material to patient flow. The challenges are discussed and considered with each area, and how proper application of supply chain methods can address those challenges or enable strategic growth.

A case is used throughout the session to illustrate concepts, perspectives and the dynamics affecting the decision-making process of health care leaders.

*Part of the value of any higher education course is the opportunity to network with your classmates and peers, exchange ideas and information, and discuss opportunities for future collaboration, career growth, etc. To this end, an unofficial meetup after class will be available to interested students to facilitate this free flow of information. Details will be given in class.

Participants in the course will be graded upon the following guidelines:

The group activity will encompass material assimilated during the course as well as reading material provided before class and/or outside of class. Scores will be based upon a combination of group engagement, application of course material and innovation within the framework of the group’s assigned problem.


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