As the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees, no one was sure exactly what the future of health care would look like. In the early days of the disease, hospitals were so overwhelmed that many areas built makeshift satellite hospitals or converted local stadiums into triage centers.
We had never, in our lifetimes, encountered such a complex and terrifying foe as the coronavirus.
However, with ingenuity, persistence, and perhaps a little bit of luck, we figured out ways to move past the early confusion of the virus so that we could effectively treat and inoculate patients against the disease.
Shifting Health Care Systems
In the past, it was almost unthinkable that hospitals could run out of necessary supplies. For instance, many of us would assume that masks, gloves, and other necessary equipment were in such abundant supply that we would never imagine that a doctor would have to reuse PPE.
But, again, the COVID-19 pandemic had so many direct and indirect consequences that we saw an enormous shortage of medical supplies, leaving hospitals scrambling.
Luckily, we’ve now figured out ways to overcome some of these supply issues so that we will never face the same problems in the future, should another deadly virus plague our world.
Helping the Supply Chains
The global supply chains of the world are unbelievably complex. We found this out first hand during the pandemic, as many of the materials needed to make PPE such as gloves, syringes, and other items could not be shipped as easily as they usually were. Various government restrictions and the massive demand for these items forced us to pivot towards different suppliers and manufacturers.
Luckily, companies such as Vizients have led the charge in organizing hospital systems and supply chains in these uncertain times
Vizient to the Rescue
In the past few years, Vizient has been able to transform many different hospital systems. The company knows the ins and outs of complex healthcare systems as well as how to best source materials with regard the complex supply chains in which we operate.
Not only can Vizient help on the administrative side of healthcare management, they can also assist providers in improving quality of care for patients.
In the past, doctors and nurses have had to navigate complicated EMR systems that require tons of time away from treating patients. Obviously, this is not the best way to help these patients get better. Doctors shouldn’t have to deal with convoluted computer programs just to finish writing a simple medical note.
Vizient helps to streamline care. Their programs can increase efficiency for providers while also improving outcomes for patients.
If your health care system is continuing to struggle in a post-pandemic world, Vizient can help. This company has created a system that can withstand even the most devastating of issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we all hope that there are no major disasters in our future, we can never know for certain. Taking steps now to ensure that hospitals are well stocked and prepared for any issues is one of the best things we can do.