By Cindy Juhas
Sustainability is a hot topic for many businesses, and with hospitals contributing 8 percent of the total national carbon footprint the healthcare industry has increasingly championed sustainable practices. However, despite broad support within hospitals and healthcare facilities, the implementation of sustainable practices across the board can be difficult especially when it comes to equipment purchasing.
Decision-makers often endorse sustainable policies, but a misalignment between policy-makers and the professionals who negotiate and execute purchasing is all too common in the industry. While healthcare supply chain professionals are experts at juggling client needs, if sustainability has not been made a top priority, the green products they should be sourcing can lose out to other considerations such as size, price and maintenance concerns.
These missed opportunities can impact patients and facility staff in both great and small ways, and the power that supply chain managers wield in reducing environmental harm – as well as increasing the longevity of a product lifespan, which can prove more profitable over time – should not be overlooked. [Read more…]