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Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions

March 2014

If you’re in the field of supply chain management, you’ve likely heard all about lean methodologies, which are designed to maximize customer value while eliminating waste. And while lean methodologies have been used in the manufacturing and retail industries for years, the concept has only recently made its way to the healthcare industry…

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Healthcare Purchasing

March 2014

Until 2011, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago had a growing financial problem. Having served the city as the primary teaching hospital for more than a century and a half, the hospital was in need of changes at many levels to increase efficiency and quality of care, and ultimately to become fiscally sound. One key area pinpointed for change was its outdated and antiquated supply management system. Supply chain problems at Mercy were numerous….

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Supply Chain Management Review

August 2013

Since implementing BlueBin’s solution in 2011, Mercy saved more than $1 million per year in waste and excess supplies, reduced clinical hours spent searching for supplies by more than 28,000 and reduced its bulk storage space by nearly 50 percent. A new player in the healthcare supply chain marketplace has entered the fray, with a mission to increase efficiency and cut costs in the supply chain…

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Memphis Medical News

August 2013

Expensive technology not needed. Barcodes are the key. Get rid of the warehouse. And take doctors and nurses out of the inventory control process. In 2009, Charles Hodge gave that advice on ways to streamline hospital supply inventory, when he served as chief procurement officer and vice president of supply chain management at Seattle Children’s Hospital, a major pediatric referral center in Seattle, Wash that was the first to make their Lean Journey a reality…

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