Following more than two years of pandemic-driven supply chain disruption and distrust, rife with backordering, hoarding, shortages, stockouts and waste, imagining the healthcare supply chain industry simply throwing up its hands in frustration and doing nothing to prepare for future crises may elicit eyebrow-arching, wide-eyed reactions.

After all, the year 2019 was so … normal and ordinary.

Yet some might argue the effects of the global COVID-19 infection ultimately failed to bring supply chain to its knees, regardless of the bending and buckling of operations so no harm, no foul right?

Healthcare supply chain experts exclaim, “pish-tosh!” and emphasize what they consider the obvious with Healthcare Purchasing News.

“Supply chain has been garnering more focused attention at the C-suite level with regards to its strategic importance. If you are a healthcare supply chain leader looking for new or alternative vendors to address shortages in raw materials, medical supplies, contract labor etc., while still creating revenue and operational efficiency for your facility, we advocate for digital technology solutions as a core part of supply chain partners to lock arms with, in an effort to realize the necessary administrative operating efficiencies for long-term sustainability. ,” says Celina Burns, chief commercial officer at IntelliCentrics.

Read more of Burns’ expert comments in this roundtable-styled discussion about managing supply chain crisis:
Post-pandemic, what’s wrong with the status quo anyway?