The healthcare supply chain is made up of countless organizations and companies that work around the clock to bring medications and treatments to patients. During disasters, extraordinary efforts and creative solutions are required to overcome unimaginable logistical challenges. The work done by our Heroes of the Supply Chain to move medicines from manufacturers to patients helps to prevent these challenges from reaching patients.
From disease outbreaks to natural disasters, scores of different crises directly affect the supply chain, and often have cascading effects. Disease outbreaks can quickly spread and reach unprecedented heights, causing a surge in the demand for vaccinations and other medical countermeasures from manufacturers. Natural disasters wreak havoc on the transportation and movement of medical products from distributors, be it from flooding, wind, downed trees, closed roads, power outages, and more.
When a crisis demands it, the expertise of supply chain entities is put to the test. The supply chain leverages technology, creates novel partnerships, and invests time, talent and resources into disaster response operations so patient treatment doesn’t skip a beat.
Read about the tremendous lengths that our partners go during disasters to prevent and respond to disruptions in the supply chain.
The historic 2017 hurricane season saw partners across the supply chain work together to meet patient needs. The case studies below highlight tremendous problem solving on the fly – all for the patient.