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Supply Chain management

Jackson Health System is located in Miami-Dade county, a highly populated (approximately 2.253 million), large (approximately 2000 square miles), metropolitan county. The firm has reorganized itself as an integrated healthcare delivery system consisting of one academic medical center, one community hospital, 12 primary-care centers, two long-term care nursing facilities, one community diagnostic center, nine school-based programs, and seven clinics in the county's corrections facilities. Jackson Health System's neighborhood-based primary care centers are linked to the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

About one-third of the patients who visit Jackson Memorial Hospital annually are referred through primary-care centers in the community. The primary-care network is linked by a computerized information system that shares demographic and medical information and facilitates patient movement throughout the system. This ensures proper care in the appropriate setting.

The scenario above helps to understand the challenges of managing healthcare organizations.

In a thorough and detailed response using references, please answer the following 3 questions:

1. Research and describe the supply chains of two (2) U.S. healthcare companies (other than the one mentioned above) that have organized themselves either into vertical or horizontal systems (or both) in order to develop and/or sustain their competitive advantage in the marketplace.

2. Compare the two (2) chosen healthcare companies and how they have organized themselves in order to develop and/or sustain their competitive advantage in the marketplace.

3. Suggest the application of the concepts of Supply Chain Management to the healthcare industry as a whole.

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// Many different challenges are faced in managing the healthcare organizations. In the following paper, we will discuss about supply chain management. We will explain the supply chains and organization of the healthcare companies. The paper will elaborate the significance of supply chain management in the healthcare firms. To start with; we will discuss the supply chains of two chosen healthcare organizations: //

Supply Chain

Baxter International Inc. is a producer and marketer of medical devices for curing diseases like hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, etc. Baxter supplies these products to hospitals, kidney dialysis centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, clinical and medical research laboratories, etc. It produces medical devices in 26 countries and sells them in around 100 countries. Baxter is into three business segments: biosciences, medication delivery and renal business (Baxter, 2008).

The supply chain that Baxter follows is a vertical supply chain. The Baxter's supply chain is for the planning and organization of product inputs from about 10,000 suppliers all over the world. It first starts its manufacturing activities, and then, program demand prediction and ...

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