There’s no doubt that, in dealing with the pandemic over the last few years, every business and every individual has suffered massive consequences. Many businesses have had to close, relatives have had to say goodbye to their loved ones, and people have struggled mightily with both mental and physical health issues.
Throughout this entire time, hospitals have always had to remain open. There was no option to close these facilities down, encouraging workers to go home for the day. Rather, hospitals are some of the few businesses that can never close, they always need to be available for those in need.
Unfortunately, the pandemic showed us just how fragile our healthcare systems can be when challenged by such a significant threat.
In this article, we’ll examine how companies like Vizient, who can access the Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program, can help healthcare systems remain well-stocked and prepared in even the direst circumstances.
Healthcare Supply Chains
In the past, you’ve probably heard people discuss the interconnectedness of our world. While this is true in terms of virtual communication and other means, it’s also evident in our supply chains. Every country is reliant on one another for exporting and importing many different goods.
When it comes to healthcare systems, many countries all need the same items, which are generally produced in one area of the world.
Usually, this is not much of an issue. Sure, there might be a small bottleneck at a port that causes a slight delay in shipping some of these goods. But most of the time, hospitals and healthcare facilities have enough backup supplies to help them get through shortages.
But during very trying times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, various issues made it extremely difficult to ship items from nation to nation.
For instance, some countries had incredibly strict lockdowns during COVID outbreaks in which no one (and no items) could leave or enter the country. Perhaps these measures were necessary to prevent the spread of the disease, but they certainly caused a series of events that affected hospitals all across the globe.
Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program
With the Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program, these issues are a thing of the past. Vizient can leverage this program to ensure that all hospitals and healthcare facilities have extra months’ worth of supplies.
It is our sincere hope that the world never has to deal with another pandemic. However, we can assume that there will be some other issues with which we are faced down the road, such as natural disasters.
When these problems arise, the unique skills that Vizient provides to healthcare systems can be the difference between a hospital having to turn away patients, and a hospital being able to treat everyone who comes in the door.
If your healthcare system struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a shortage of supplies such as gloves, masks, and gowns, reach out to Vizient about the Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program today!