Supply Chain Management in Health Institutions

Supply Chain Management in Health Institutions

Menekse Kılıçarslan (Independent Researcher, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1397-2.ch022

Abstract

Today's innovative systems and approaches handle the supply chain function in the healthcare institutions in a broader way even though it is generally accepted as the material management. The supply in the hospitals is a comprehensive issue that covers regular material supply, the quality and the speed of services and maintenance process. As in the other sectors, the healthcare sector wants to get the required goods and services in the places where they are needed, when they are needed, with the desired quality and price. Besides, hospitals try to produce low-cost services because of today's competition conditions and increasing number of private hospitals. Today's supply chain management is carried out to decrease the costs, reduce the lean, and increase the quality.
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The Concept Of Supply

In dictionaries, it can be seen that supply is defined as; supply means a stock or amount of something available for use and providing something, goods or services with someone (Oxford Dictionaries, 2013). It is defined as “process of providing something that is wanted or needed” and “providing an amount of goods or services for a fee ((http://dictionary.cambridge.org).

It is making means and potentials, which is required to achieve management, goals ready for use by providing those (Baltacıoğlu et al., 2007). The concept of supply includes the supplying and activities of raw material, material, machinery and equipment or final products, which institutions need (Seyidoğlu, 2002).

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