Welcome to AHRMM's health care supply chain Lexicon. This database contains terms used throughout the health care 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 health care-specific terms.

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  • Yack Track

    A device that may be placed in parts of the hospital, such as around the nurse's station, a yack track resembles a traffic light and indicates when decibel levels have reached an unacceptable level. It may serve as a warning,┐especially during noisier periods, such as shift change. Hospitals install these in an effort to score better on one of their most challenging HCAHPS metrics, quietness, so patients can rest or sleep
  • Yard Management System (YMS)

    A system which is designed to facilitate and organize the coming, going and staging of trucks and trucks with trailers in the parking "yard" that serves a warehouse, distribution or manufacturing facility.
  • Yield

    The ratio of usable output from a process to its input.
  • YMS

    See Yard Management System
  • Yokoten

    A term Toyota adopted to capture the idea of horizontal transfer of information and knowledge across an organization. Yokoten is a two-way street, requiring proactive effort from both those acquiring and developing the knowledge and those who could benefit from greater understanding of the requirements for success.