Supply chain in healthcare. Comparison between North-West Italy and Catalunya
Tutor / director / evaluatorRafele, Carlo
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessOpen Access
Nowadays, the supply chain is one of the main support activities. It is a fact that if the supply chain doesn’t work correctly, so the drugs doesn’t arrive the hospital’s patient, it cannot be developed the main activity of a hospital, offering healthcare. Since approximately 50 years ago, some hospitals started investing a lot on research for new supply change management models. What they were looking for was more effective ways of drug delivery from the suppliers to the patients. The new logistic architecture models (highlighting the unit-dose system) were introduced first in some USA hospitals. As a result of the new supply chain systems they experimented a decreasing of drug consumption costs, reduction of drug administration mistakes and, in general, offering a higher quality service to the patients. With these good results, other American hospitals also implemented the new system of supply chain management also obtaining positive results. In our global world, quickly arrived to Europe the news of the good results obtained with the system implementation in hospitals. Around 30 years ago, the firsts European hospitals started to invest on the new logistic system. Spain, and specially Catalonia, is one of the countries that decided to post for the new system and nowadays around 75% of Catalan hospitals use the unit-dose system in healthcare logistics.Nevertheless, nowadays there are still some countries that have a traditional and obsolete system in healthcare logistics, one example for this is Italy (specifically the north-west region). The main aim of this essay is to compare and analyze the supply chain systems in both Catalan and north-west Italian hospitals. There will be analyzed the positive and negative aspects of both systems and try to contribute with improvements for both of them.