Why We Need Collaboration In Healthcare Supply Chain

The world has never been more connected than it is today. Goods located thousands of miles away can be ordered with the click of a button. Services can be rendered instantly from halfway across the world. It is important that companies stay ahead of the curve, and as such, robust supply chain management is essential for all industries. Health care is no exception. Companies must transport goods from A to B in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner in order to remain competitive. Not only does this reduce operating costs and improve the company’s bottom line, it can also be a boost to customer service. Whether you are stocking the shelves with your product before the holiday season or delivering medical equipment to a hospital across the country, supply chain management is of vital importance.

To have an effective supply chain, it is important to first foster dynamic collaboration between the various stops. For that to occur, we must first establish high confidence and trust. To maintain collaborations, is imperative for businesses and individuals alike to put their differences aside, establish role clarity and transparently share information.

For example, the construction of a new home is not a simple exchange between the construction company and the landowner. The company must collaborate with architects, designers and so forth in order to build the home, while the landowner must collaborate with either cable companies and furniture salespeople or real estate agents and potential buyers, depending on whether or not he or she intends to live in the home. At any rate, the exchange only occurs seamlessly if all parties understand their roles and deliver as promised.

As the construction example shows, the importance of collaboration holds true across all industries. However, it is of particular relevance to those in the healthcare field. When we deliver medical supplies in an efficient manner, patient lives are improved, operating costs are reduced and everybody wins.

Collaboration between manufacturers, distributors, hospitals and the rest of the supply chain benefit not just the industry itself, but the country as a whole. Despite this, health care lags behind other industries when it comes to collaboration in the supply chain.

Here at JR Healthcare Solutions we are constantly asking ourselves two questions:

Why is it that healthcare, a sector of national importance with an emphasis on innovation, fails to produce collaboration to the same degree as other industries? For example, via their partnership and shared understanding of role clarity, Harvard and MIT, the so called competitors, created edX, a non profit organization that offers free online courses. Why isn’t healthcare supply chain collaboration producing similar innovative results?

·      How can we nurture this type of robust supply chain collaboration in healthcare? Another example through dynamic collaboration, Microsoft and Toyota have taken steps towards fostering enhanced car experience for consumers. What do we have to do to develop these types of mutual beneficial relationships in healthcare supply chain?

As an industry, healthcare benefits greatly from cutting edge research and innovative technology for medical products and services. At JR Healthcare Solutions, we want to encourage collaboration and cooperation throughout the supply chain. As such, we are always interested in hearing from medical device manufacturers, hospital management teams and others on the supply chain.

Interested in learning more about what we do?  At JR Healthcare Solutions, we are always looking to collaborate.

We would love to hear your ideas. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Together we can make this happen!