Align physicians, suppliers, and executive leadership to sustainably reduce the total cost of care

Managing physician preference items effectively requires a holistic approach that involves supplier partners and physicians assisting executive leadership on decision-making. In these two roundtable discussions featuring Vizient® and member experts, we will cover how members can strategically deploy total cost of care cost reduction initiatives and partner with suppliers for long-term strategic planning.

Key drivers of sustainable supply chain improvements

Technology to automate sourcing and ensure contract value


Opportunity for value analysis and recommendations


Experience integrating clinicians in supply chain

Watch a recording of our expert-led webinars

This two-part series will feature a discussion on proven approaches to achieving effective and long-term relationships with physicians and vendors. Our speakers will share perspective on how to align decision-making and go in depth about the importance of transparent data to monitor improvements.

Align physicians, suppliers and leaders to reduce costs

Setting shared goals across internal teams and suppliers helps physician preference item initiatives to succeed. In our roundtable, experts from Vizient, Health Future and St. Charles Hospital discuss best practices they use to generate savings.

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Align surgeons, executive leaders and strategic suppliers to reduce costs

Clinical preference item management is complex, with both clinical and financial implications that require stakeholder alignment for successful and sustainable execution. Hear industry experts from Health Future and St. Charles Hospital describe how a team came together to enlist their physicians in the supply chain process, helping to drive efficiencies and improvements that led to long-term savings.

Case studies and blog posts

Aligning physicians, suppliers and senior leaders

Implementing a new total joint strategy that reduces costs requires physician and strategic supplier alignment. A group of executive leaders, physicians and supply chain professionals — all supported with the industry expertise of Vizient consulting services — joined together to drive revenue at Health Future’s member organizations.

Five Data Sources to Consider When Engaging Physicians

In this blog post, Cindy Jones outlines the key drivers for successful preference item initiatives, including identifying executive champions, engaging physicians, reinvesting in your programs, sharing information and being willing to change. Read more to learn how your organization can overcome barriers to achieve success.

Strategies to achieve effective physician and supplier relationships

This round-table discussion covers leading practices and strategic considerations for physician and supplier engagement. Join us to hear their perspective and insights on how clinical preference item programs are adapting to meet today's dynamic market conditions.

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Better manage supplier and physician relationships by incentivizing engagement

Provider organizations looking to drive sustainable improvements in their supply chain can benefit from assessing how supplier and physician interaction affects their total cost of care. Successful savings initiatives start with an executive champion aiming to help physician make better strategic decisions, then moving from a transactional to long-term partnership approach. During this session our experts share insights that can help members build vendor partnerships and physician buy-in.

Reports and market intelligence

Build a collaborative cryptogenic stroke program

Forging connections between neurology and cardiology specialists can improve outcomes for patients hospitalized with strokes. Work together to pinpoint the cause of cryptogenic strokes and develop an effective treatment plan.

Strengthen relationships that support results

Improving clinical alignment while reducing costs for clinical preference items requires collaborative discussions between supply chain leaders, clinicians and strategic supply partners. To enable those discussions, you need accurate data, efficient processes, and clinical and market insights.

Learn how we can help you take steps to clinically integrate your supply chain