- – Increased outsourcing to reduce operation costs and tackle the complex regulatory requirements is seeing a shift in the supply chain. In fact, UPS is already employing pharmacists to fill 4,000 orders each day for insulin pumps and other supplies needed by customers of a major medical device company. They have effectively cut several steps out of the supply chain by bringing the pharmacists onsite and shipping directly from the warehouse.
- – To offset the potential increase in demand for drugs and devices, shipping companies are also investing in huge warehouses to service multiple pharmaceutical firms.
- – Hospitals and other healthcare providers are focused on improving efficiencies and containing costs. To achieve both goals, they rely on streamlined supply chain management, as well as group purchasing organizations (GPOs). As participation in GPOs increases, the specialized supply chains they oversee will also see increased activity.
I am curious to see other HIT applications which will help contain the healthcare supply chain in the future. The data networks are bound to become more complex and so are the supply chains but it is how these two interact with each other that interests me the most.