Every year hospitals waste millions of dollars on misused or overused items, such as disposables, general supplies, laundry, uniforms and food. Changing a wasteful culture starts with identifying and correcting processes that that are detrimental to the inventory management process. However, this type of change is easier said than done. It is often difficult for hospital executives to implement a new framework of operations on every floor – they neither have the time nor the resources to execute a plan of this size and scope.
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Due to the influx of patients caused by health care reform, doctors barely have enough time to see patients let alone pharmaceutical sales reps. Since the chances of spending quality time in front of a doctor are now few and far between,
Over the years, many chief executives have voiced their frustration with the process of transforming a vision into reality. One CEO in particular compared it to a high-performance sports car without any gas. By the same token, the "fuel" is often missing from an executive's ability to drive multiple initiatives that move a company forward. The key is overcoming gaps that exist between a company's current state and desired future state.