SMI Members working on an Initiative

SMI is committed to shaping the future of our industry.  SMI maximizes the knowledge and experience of the SMI Members for the benefit of the entire industry by working year-round in Initiative Teams that address some of the healthcare supply chain’s greatest challenges. SMI Initiative Teams focus on trying to develop real solutions to contemporary industry challenges. To date, SMI Teams have created and produced all of the SMI Tools and Resources that are available at no charge for download from this web site. The active Initiative Team efforts currently underway are: 

> Supply Chain Across the Continuum of Care Initiative

Today’s supply chain leaders are facing a new challenge as the industry transitions rapidly to a  population health model, where more care will be delivered outside the acute care facilities. Among the many questions:  What are the best practices and options for managing a supply chain that serves physician offices, community settings, rehabilitation centers, and other alternate care sites? How can that part of the supply chain be integrated with existing acute care centric supply chains?  Should there be an emphasis on product standardization?  This SMI Initiative Team faces these and many other questions to help blaze a trail for the healthcare supply chain in this area. 

> The Perfect Relationship Initiative

Many current healthcare trading partner relationships remain tactically focused and highly transactional, rather than maturing to business relationships that focus on collaboration and transparency.  SMI sees the future of healthcare trading partner relationships as more strategic and partnership-driven.  This SMI Initiative Team’s goal is to define the characteristics of, and a pathway forward that will guide trading partners in the maturing of their business relationships toward a collaborative model. The Team hopes to document both a pathway to mature trading partner relationships and a way to measure the progress of these relationships as they mature toward fostering knowledge transfer and developing best practices.

> The Medical Device Recall Initiative

This SMI Initiative is working to bring the collective power of the SMI Members and their associates together to research, discover, document, and identify recommendations for changes in the regulation and management of medical device recalls, ultimately to reduce risk and improve care.  Involving front-line professionals who work in the product recall space, this initiative hopes to yield recommendations for change that can improve the all stakeholders’ performance when processing and responding to medical device recalls.  Understanding the great variation in processes from one organization to the next, this initiative will not limit is scope to identifying a “best practice”, but rather will work to find answers to common pain points that experienced by many stakeholders.  

For more information about SMI Initiatives, contact Dennis Orthman at