In a global marketplace, events that affect foreign manufacturing can quickly disrupt domestic supply lines. One approach to lessening the impact of these factors on American hospitals is to focus on increasing the availability of products manufactured in North America and ensuring that determining where critical supplies are most needed is based on relevant data.
How we’re helping
To support access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential drugs, the company’s Novaplus Enhanced Supply program requires suppliers to provide additional inventory to mitigate supply disruptions and demand surge. As a result, additional product is stocked in U.S. warehouses and ready to ship.
Vizient invested in two domestic suppliers to increase domestic gown production by more than 20 million units, to increase mask and face shield production by more than six million units and partnered with a number of non-health care suppliers who have produced personal protective equipment for donation.
What others can do
We recommend that health systems identify their most critical supplies and gain a better understanding of where the supplies are produced and held. In addition, formalizing informal relationships with non-health care suppliers can ensure supply availability in the most critical situations.