Lexicon

Welcome to AHRMM's healthcare supply chain Lexicon. This database contains terms used throughout the healthcare supply chain field. Simply click on the link to access the entire definition.

AHRMM thanks Kate Vitasek and Supply Chain Visions for their contribution of certain terms to the Lexicon. Terms supplied by Supply Chain Visions are used with permission. Supply Chain Vision’s Glossary of Supply Chain Management Terms appears on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals website. AHRMM also acknowledges Michael B. Neely with Perimeter Solutions Group for his role in developing healthcare-specific terms.

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  • Warehousing

    The storing (holding) of goods.
  • Warranty Costs

    Includes materials, labor, and problem diagnosis for products returned for repair or refurbishment.
  • Waste

    In Lean and Just-in-Time, any activity that does not add value to the good or service in the eyes of the consumer. Also, a by-product of shipping containers, environmental service activities, or food service process requiring management control. Waste production can be a significant challenge in the hospital setting and requires a coordinated effort of multiple departments.
  • Waste

    1) Any activity or process that does not add value to the goods or services required by the customer. Examples of waste include move time, counting inventory, inspection, the production of defective material, rework, etc. Waste is considered to cause increased cost, lead time and quality problems while not adding value, and may be created by vendors, personnel, equipment, incorrect process parameters and many other factors. See: Muda.
  • Watchman

    The WATCHMAN Device is intended for percutaneous, transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA). Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are at increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism, are suitable for warfarin and seek a non-pharmacologic alternative to warfarin may be eligible for a WATCHMAN Device. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

  • Waterway use tax

    A per-gallon tax assessed barge carriers for use of the waterways.
  • Wave Picking

    A variation on zone picking where rather than orders moving from one zone to the next for picking, all zones are picked at the same time and the items are later sorted and consolidated into individual orders/shipments. Wave picking is the quickest method for picking multi item orders however the sorting and consolidation process can be tricky. Picking waves are often designed to isolate shipments to specific carriers, routes, etc. See also batch picking, zone picking A more general definition of wave picking would simply be a method where a group of orders is released to the warehouse for picking and the next group (wave) is not released until the first wave has processed through the pick area.