Initiatives

Initiatives

Best Practices in Supplier-Provider Collaboration Initiative

This 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.

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.

UDI Compliance Initiative

In early 2014, SMI embarked upon a special initiative entitled the UDI Compliance Initiative. Working in response to a request by the FDA, and in collaboration with Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, a team of SMI Members is evaluating four UDI labeling strategies for non-sterile implantable products. The non-sterile implantable products - primarily implantable devices and the associated implantable products like screws and plates – present a particular set of challenges for unique device identification, as labeling is hindered by their size, the challenge of re-processing, and the nature of the supply chain that serves surgery. An SMI Initiative Team has been formed that includes implantable device manufacturers, providers from Duke Health, and new SMI Collaborators AORN and IAHCSMM. The Team’s objective is to simulate surgery with Duke surgical professionals at the Duke simulation laboratories, collecting and documenting user feedback on each labeling strategy and assessing the ability of each strategy to support provider capture of the UDI information. A complete summary report of this Team’s work is expected to be released before July 2015.  SMI Members interested in learning more about this initiative should contact Dennis Orthman for more information.

Economic Trends and Forecasting Initiative (ETF)

With this initiative, SMI is exploring the concept of creating a healthcare supply chain index as an indicator of the healthcare supply chain’s activities. Many industries utilize a manufacturing index as an indicator of manufacturing activity, however an index like this currently does not exist in the healthcare supply chain.   SMI is experimenting with surveys of providers that populate a statistical index, assessing the value of the index to industry stakeholders. The index is intended to identify if certain supply chain factors - such as inventory, hiring, and expenditures -  are increasing, decreasing or staying the same.   If multiple index development tests are successful, the index would be made available to SMI members and could be used to help with forecasting, analyzing market conditions, identifying expense trends, and measuring overall industry activity. 

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. 

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