Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 21(3) October 2018 : 20-23.doi:10.12927/hcq.2018.25706
Rethinking Supply Chain Management

Clinically Integrated Supply Chain Infrastructure in Health Systems: The Opportunity to Improve Quality and Safety

Anne W. Snowdon


Health systems worldwide are challenged by the growing costs and demands of delivering high-quality healthcare services that are safe and cost-effective to support health and wellness for populations. This paper proposes a system-level transformation of clinical environment infrastructure to advance quality and strengthen patient safety at sustainable costs. Evidence of the impact and value of the clinically integrated supply chain strategy is emerging in three global health systems: Alberta Health Services (Canada), Mercy (US) and the National Health Service (UK) to inform a strategic roadmap for health system leaders to leverage supply chain infrastructure in clinical environments as a strategic asset to strengthen quality, safety and cost.



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