The COVID-19 pandemic spurred worldwide disruption in healthcare supply chains, causing U.S. hospitals to run out of personal protective equipment and testing kits. As factories shut down, some healthcare facilities were forced to ask the public for donations of spare masks or N95 respirators.
But while the pandemic has wound down, the effects of supply chain disruptions still haunt the industry — about 93% of provider executives reported they were still experiencing product shortages in a March survey from the Health Industry Distributors Association.
Hospitals are trying to recover. In addition to causing shortages, the pandemic shone a spotlight onto the significance of hospital supply chains and the importance of planning for potential disruptions.
Healthcare executives at four major health systems — Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Mayo Clinic, Henry Ford Health and Allina Health — spoke with a Healthcare Dive and Supply Chain Dive journalist on how they’re innovating their supply chain tactics for resilience this year and for the next disruptions to come.