Best Practices in Supplier-Provider Collaboration Initiative

TIn this new initiative, selected by SMI Members, this team is identifying and exploring the best practices, both in healthcare and in other industries, that create, maintain, and grow successful supplier-provider collaboartions. This new Initiative Team is first sharing knowledge and insights on collaboration creation and will begin to unlock the potential of supplier-provider alliances by identifying the value propositions for both trading partners.  Team members will conduct pilots to measure alliances that positively impact cost, quality and outcomes. This team will provide the industry with a best practice toolkit with education, insights and templates, as well as case-study examples with value propositions and barriers. SMI Members interested in participating in this initiative should contact Christine Dean for more information.

Future Best Practices in Value Analysis Initiative

Under the leadership of Phil Pettigrew and Stewart Layhe from Denver Health, Larry Malloy from Johnson & Johnson and Paul Higday from Owens & Minor, this team has focused on validating the Perfect Department Index (PDI) methodology that was originally developed by Denver Health based on Perfect Order concepts. Validation of the PDI methodology, which  measures transactional effectiveness of departments supported by supply chain services, involves the pilot testing of the PDI method at five separate provider member organizations. The Team’s current goal is to produce a PDI Manual with detailed instructions that would allow any provider organization to implement PDI as a continuous quality improvement tool. This Team has also further expanded their scope by embarking upon a quest to develop a supply chain optimization diagnostic tool. This envisioned diagnostic tool would use high level performance metrics that enable trading partners to identify opportunities for improvements. The work of this Team is expected to continue through the Fall of 2013 and new Initiative Team members are welcome.  SMI Members interested in joining this Team should contact Dennis Orthman.  

Low Cost Trading Partner Initiative

Lowering the high cost of SG&A in healthcare supply chain has been identified as an area that SMI and its members can positively influence.  SMI staff and members are currently in the planning stages of this project to determine the project mission, approaches, and educational requirements of Initiative team participants. This Initiative is expected to be officially launched at the SMI Spring 2013 Forum. SMI Members interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dennis Orthman for more information.

Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) Initiative

The work of the SMI Perfect Department Initiative Team has transitioned to the Supply Chain Optimization Initiative.   The goal of this new initiative team is to develop a set of metrics across the supply chain that can be used by two trading partners to identify, track, and measure their collective supply chain performance and identify specific actions that they each can take together to eliminate waste and create a more perfect supply chain.  The SMI Initiative Team is identifying metrics that are applicable to six “pillars” of optimization:  Plan, Price, Purchase, Fill, Receive, and Pay.   Team members will participate in pilot programs which will test and validate these metrics to share with the healthcare supply chain industry.  SMI Members interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dennis Orthman for more information.

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