CHAPTER 5

Emerging Trends of Healthcare Supply Chain Management

As healthcare continues to evolve, its supply chain has to be transformed to adapt to changing healthcare environments. Some notable drivers for the transformation of healthcare supply chain practices include: advances in healthcare communication and information technology, globalization of the healthcare marketplace, and reforms in regulatory policy governing healthcare coverage and insurance. For instance, with an increase for more patient-centric care, today’s patients seek for health interventions tailored to their individual needs, schedules, and affordability. Such patient-centric care can be facilitated by the greater access to real-time information through electronic health ...

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