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Historically, healthcare supply chain leaders’ have worked behind the scenes, silently ensuring that those on the front line have what they need to do their jobs within the walls of the hospital. In fact, to many supply chain leaders, a noiseless supply chain is a sign of success. If everything is working as planned, those who depend on supply chain don’t have to give a second thought to how they obtained the materials they need for their work. You might even say their superpower is to ensure silence.
Did you know that 50% of hospitals indicate that they have faced at least one data breach caused by third-party vendors in the past two years? A recent report from the Ponemon Institute - IBM Security shows that the average cost of a healthcare data breach in the United States is $15 million - the equivalent of $429 per record.
Because most of their work is done “behind the scenes,” healthcare supply chain professionals rarely get the recognition they deserve. That’s why symplr® is pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate them during National Health Care Supply Chain Week, October 6 – 12. As a leading healthcare vendor credentialing provider, we have the privilege of working with supply chain professionals every day. Over the years, we’ve seen their roles transform. What began as straight-forward product purchasing has evolved into a multi-faceted management position with responsibilities that affect the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors.