Initiatives

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.  SMI Initiatives will be recommencing the week of July 27, 2020.      

> Sprint Initiatives 

July - November 2020:

  1. Demand Planning and Forecasting – how to use data to more effectively forecast demand and support better production planning
    1. Karen Conway, GHX and Tom Harvieux, BJC, Team Leads
    2. Li Ern Chen, Project Consultant
  2. National and Regional Inventory Preparedness and Coordination – developing some questions and recommendations for the Strategic National Stockpile and other emergency response supply systems
    1. Kreg Koford, MSKCC and Lisa Hohman, Concordance, Team Leads
    2. Dennis Orthman, Project Consultant
  3. Virtual Relationship Management – tools and recommendations for effective virtual trading partner relationships
    1. Doug Golwas, Medline and Chuck Jensen, Froedtert Health
    2. Jim Francis, Mayo, Project Consultant

For more information about SMI Initiatives or to join a team, contact Nancy Anderson at [email protected].

> SMI Value Based Collaborations Initiative - Final Report

Team Leaders John Strong, Les Friend and Tom Lubotsky provided a final report from SMI's Value Based Collaboration Initiative via webinar on Wednesday, July 8th 

In this webinar, the team shared details on the initiative, report on findings, and provided members tools and strategies to achieve improved value-based collaboration in key trading partner relationships. Collaboration is core to what SMI stands for, and this team has done a wonderful job of defining new and innovative ways to collaborate and achieve increased impact. Hear their thoughts about how collaboration has changed since COVID-19 and help SMI think about how we can continue to make collaboration part of the core of everything we do. Watch the webinar.