Prior to 2020, most hospitals and healthcare systems had some disaster inventory; however, many stockpiles “were tremendously undersized, and there were not enough supplies to meet demand,” said Peter Saviola, Medline vice president, supply chain optimization. In addition, some stockpiles had not been appropriately managed over the years, resulting in supplies that were “expired, obsolete or damaged.” When supplies did become available for purchase, many healthcare systems did not have the space to store the new inventory.
Today, UTMB utilizes data to more precisely analyze delivery and procurement patterns, and regularly reviews surgical preference cards to reduce waste and supply duplication. In addition, the healthcare system has partnered with Medline to access more storage space and advanced logistics.
3PL warehouse and logistical solutions
Through 3PL, a new customized third-party logistics stockpile management program, “Medline is able to take in large amounts of healthcare system-owned inventory; place it into our distribution center infrastructure; and then utilize our systems, our technology and our logistics to provide visibility to those stockpiles. We also provide timely delivery,” said Saviola.