PA’s Lasse Ruud-Hansen, procurement and supply chain management expert, has had an article published about the potential for creating a more effective supply chain in Norwegian hospitals.
In the article, Lasse explores the key challenges around improving the supply chain in hospitals:
“How can the regional health services play their part in achieving a cost-optimised flow of goods from the manufacturer to the patient? How can we get more efficient logistics both into, and internally, in the health services and hospitals? Part of the answer is that the external supply chain must function well, and internal logistics, roles and responsibilities must be clarified and understood. This is often not the case,” says Lasse.
Continuing, he argues: “At many hospitals the internal supply chain is changing considerably these days. Demands for increased accessibility of goods and services are however difficult to comply with, when cost reductions are expected at the same time.”
Lasse goes on to suggest four areas that health services should focus on in order to improve the supply chain:
“Adaptations and efficiency within internal logistics, in order to face changes in external logistics, for instance supply centres and other regulations and demands; formalised and homogenous working processes and routines across, and adapted to regional and central processes; improved planning and stock control through adapted tools; and strengthened assortment control – in cooperation with the Regional Health Service. Development of category management and category based procurement improves not only the cost level, but also contributes to clarify roles and responsibilities within both procurement, logistics and operations areas,” explains Lasse.