Standardizing supply chain systems in hospitals allows them to cut costs and improve the efficiency of processes. Health facilities across the country become larger networks through mergers and acquisitions, and that leads to a variety of logistical challenges. As hospitals have a tendency to change from standing alone to becoming health systems continues, there is a greater need to effectively manage supply chains (Cohen, 2018). Value Analysis Committees (VAC) may standardize the supply chain in these health systems and can help eliminate the variation in care between physicians in hospitals while also decreasing complications and costs. Therefore, the standardization of supply chain improves the quality of care of every patient in the health system along with helping hospitals when choosing which products to procure (Peck, 2019). 

However, VACs that standardize medical supplies in health systems can prove to be difficult due to the many hospitals now acting as one organization. Supply chain becomes more laborious to manage as the number of physicians increases and physicians prefer a variety of devices. To overcome these challenges that large systems have, switching to software solutions is a viable option. Software solutions allow for standardization of processes and the centralization of services across different hospitals within the same health system (Cohen, 2018). The standardization of the supply chain processes allows for greater inventory visibility and therefore a more standard process of procuring items for the hospital (Bean, 2017). 

Although physicians may have different preferences when it comes to medical devices, their choices are not always cost effective. In a small experiment, conducted by Chuck Peck, six surgical instruments that six different surgeons preferred were all used in the same operation. These devices ranged in prices from $1,800 to $3,400. Each operation had the same result and therefore, surgeons agreed that the least expensive device was the best one to purchase. This experiment helps show how value analysis may standardize the supply chain processes and help reduce costs in hospitals (Peck, 2019). Value Analysis software platforms can help facilitate keeping medical devices consistent throughout hospital systems (Cohen, 2018). 

Value Analysis Committees help facilitate the standardization of medical devices in hospital systems. The implementation of software systems to centralize services can lead to a more efficient system to procure medical devices. Through this standardization, supply chains become more cost effective and the quality of patient care is improved. 

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Resources:

Bean, M. (6 June 2017). 3 obstacles to managing the non-acute supply chain — and 3 ways to overcome them. Becker’s Hospital Review. Retrieved from https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/supply-chain/3-obstacles-to-managing-the-non-acute-supply-chain-and-3-ways-to-overcome-them.html

Cohen, J. (1 May 2018). Considering moving your health system ERP to the Cloud? Why now is the right time. Becker’s Hospital Review. Retrieved from https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/supply-chain/considering-moving-your-health-system-erp-to-the-cloud-why-now-is-the-right-time.html

Peck, C. (19 November 2019). In the hospital supply chain, too many choices can be costly. Stat. Retrieved from https://www.statnews.com/2019/11/19/hospital-supply-chain-overspending-too-many-choices/

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