Health care procurement news: January 2021


How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

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U.S. Army Pfc. Cynthia Veliz, a supply specialist collects a COVID-19 test-kit specimen (California Army National Guard/Flickr)

From packaging to PPE and other surgical supplies, some waste is inevitable. But supply chain leaders are finding ways to reduce the quantity. Supply Chain Deep Dive tapped Practice Greenhealth experts for details on how health care is reusing and recycling when possible and adjusting procurement and packaging strategies.

Reducing waste – and spending

Hospitals can heal America through what and how they buy

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In this op-ed, Health Care Without Harm founder Gary Cohen, Mary Beth Lang, Kaiser Permanente’s chief procurement and supply chain officer, and Mary J. Larson, Advocate Aurora Health’s director of environmental affairs and sustainability, explain how to harness health care’s enormous purchasing power to heal the environmental and social conditions that are making people sick in the first place.

Supplying health

Greenhealth Approved published in Sustainable Brands 

Greenhealth Approved

Strong partnerships between the health care sector and suppliers are key to transforming the market to offer sustainable products and be resilient against disruptions. Sustainable Brands is relying on organizations like ours to make recommendations, like Greenhealth Approved, a new industry-wide utility to help health care providers simplify smart purchasing decisions that advance their sustainability goals while protecting patients, staff, and the community.

Sustainable purchasing made easy

NPR taps our experts on making surgical operations more sustainable

A very green operating room

Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth experts and Boston Children’s Hospital advise the health care sector on reducing climate impact and environmentally sustainable solutions for operating rooms, showing it’s “absolutely possible to increase access to surgical care without breaking the climate.”

Sustainable surgery

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