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AHRMM White Papers

White papers serve as resources for exploring and confronting the challenges and complexities faced in the supply chain field. AHRMM welcomes new additions to its library. In addition to white papers, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) papers are included in the white paper repository. Note: viewing certain papers are a member-only benefit.

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  • Implementing RFID in the Medical Device Supply Chain: The Journey at BJC HealthCare

    August 21, 2018 | Formats: White Paper

    The lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility in the medical device channel contributes to an estimated five billion dollars ($5B) of inventory waste for the U.S. health system today. (PNC Healthcare and GHX, 2011) RFID is a key technology that is enabling health systems, distributors and manufactures to partner together to remove this waste. Successful implementation of RFID in a healthcare delivery organization takes careful planning, execution, and change management agility.

    This paper explores the RFID implementation journey at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO and the corresponding lessons learned, and value gained through achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility.

    By Stephen A. Kiewiet, CMRP, FAHRMM, Chief Commercial Officer at Intalere

  • Supply Chain: Collaborating with Clinicians to Support Safe Patient Care

    August 21, 2018 | Formats: White Paper

    Today hospitals and health care organizations are looking to health care supply chain professionals to help support patient care activities. No longer is the supply chain department and its staff relegated to a purely operational position of providing inventory and stocking.  The supply chain now has a voice at the table with representation on committees and working quality improvement projects. With collaboration, there is a major fiscal, administrative, and operational role to play.  This supply chain role allows for an interprofessional partnership with clinicians working for improved patient outcomes.

    By Colleen Cusick, DNP, MBA, RN, CMRP, FAHRMM, Materials Management Department, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • Preparing Supply Chain to Meet Meaningful Use

    August 08, 2017 | Content Areas: Technology | Tags: UDI | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper will define the regulation and explore how a supply chain department can support their organization in meeting this aspect of the regulations. Understanding the alphabet soup of acronyms that is Unique Device Identifier (UDI), their meaning, how to understand and read the standardized labeling are crucial first steps. Organizations should able to identify what defines an implant. Recognizing why is there a need to capture barcode information and have that information recorded in a patient’s record will improve continuity of care.

  • Grady Health System’s Transformation from Traditional Value Analysis to Value Based Product Selection

    March 06, 2017 | Content Areas: Value Analysis | Tags: Clinical Resource Management, Cost Management, CQO, Physician Preference | Formats: White Paper

    This case study provides a review of Grady Health System’s transformation from traditional Value Analysis Joint Product Review Team structure to Value Based Selection Committees which promote shared governance including system wide physicians and executives focusing on full integration of cost, quality, outcome (CQO) analysis to ensure selection of products offering the greatest overall value for cost reduction and improvement of outcomes.

  • Leveraging Millennials and Technology to Weather the Perfect Storm

    October 19, 2016 | Content Areas: Finance | Tags: Analytics, Change Management, Cost Management, CQO, Inventory Management | Formats: White Paper

    To develop larger savings opportunities, supply chain must expand the use of supply utilization analysis and alignment. This requires effectively and collaboratively using real-time, granular usage data, acquired through electronic technology such as barcode and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). Understanding and engaging Millennials’ unique attitudes and capabilities, especially their technology orientation, and successfully integrating these with Baby Boomer attributes, will enable supply chain to leverage the new workforce culture through the increased use of electronic technology to shift the cost savings paradigm to supply utilization alignment. Through this synergy, supply chain can drive significant savings to help their facilities weather the perfect storm of declining revenues and increasing costs.

  • Painful Product Conversions

    August 15, 2016 | Content Areas: Value Analysis | Tags: Clinical Resource Management, Lean/Six Sigma | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper describes the development of a multidisciplinary and innovative product conversion process at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Massachusetts, when the existing process for changing products was dysfunctional. Indeed, effective change management is critical to achieving successful outcomes. The paper will explore some of the reasons why change fails; including lack of healthy working relationships, failure to communicate effectively, lack of leadership, lack of commitment, and inadequate planning. By examining the background of DFCI, and its products and standards team in particular, this paper investigates the reasons why the current process of changing products was failing. The writer will take a particularly close look at the relationship between nursing and the supply chain. The included case studies review actual conversions—one before implementation of a new product conversion process and one after. The latter case study describes the tools and processes that helped make the product conversion successful, among them Lean tools to help map out original and current states and identify problem points. The resulting product conversion process is easy to follow and equally easy to implement. This paper is presented as a way of sharing a process and tool that are customizable for any organization.

  • Comparison of Ways to Replenish Storage Areas

    July 18, 2016 | Content Areas: Logistics | Tags: Distribution, Inventory Management, MMIS | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper explores nine different methods of replenishing a hospital storage area and compares and contrasts the steps nursing must progress through to retrieve the supplies they need for their patients. This paper will then compare and contrast the steps the Central Supply (CS) staff must follow to resupply/replenish each storage area. Additionally, this paper outlines the cost to equip a standard storage area with the requirements of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

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