March 1, 2024

Survey: Healthcare supply chain leaders focused on staffing, savings, standardization

Editor's Note

Addressing pressure on margins, inconsistent processes, and staffing issues are top priorities for healthcare supply chain leaders recently surveyed by symplr, a provider of enterprise healthcare operations software.

Published February 27, the State of Healthcare Supply Chain Survey offers insight from nearly 100 VPs of Supply Chain, Chief Supply Chain Officers, and Directors of Supply Chain at U.S.-based hospitals and health systems. Highlights of the data include:

  • Top priorities of cost savings (63%), strategic resource allocation (24%), and process standardization (8%) reflect what leaders identified as chief challenges: margin pressures (28%), inconsistent processes (22%), and staffing or resourcing (20%).
  • 48% identified different priorities among stakeholders operating in silos as a barrier to evidence-based decision-making.
  • 28% are “very confident their organization has a unified approach to new product evaluation and introduction.
  • 32% are very confident that their organization accurately tracks savings targets associated with capital and operational budgets.
  • 32% say supply chain teams are not staffed to pre-pandemic levels.

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