Driving Transportation Logistics to the Next Level to Create Systemness

Recently, our work with client Inova Health System, was the focus of a feature article in Greenhealth Magazine, the publication of Practice Greenhealth.

Inova Health System, based in northern Virginia, is a complex network of hospitals, outpatient facilities, physician practices, and health and wellness initiatives that serves more than 2 million people a year. The breadth of services provided makes for an equally complex method of getting physical materials—blood samples, lab results, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, supplies and more—from one location to another.

We began our work with Inova in 2013 because they wanted to make their internal logistics more efficient and at the same time improve patient care and help the environment. The Inova supply chain team realized it needed to build the required infrastructure network to intelligently connect its network and meet its “systemness” and sustainability goals to drive integration and standardization, while removing waste and inefficiencies. Inova’s desire to make these changes to its transportation network were part of its larger effort for the health system to become “OneInova,” a network with an expanded centralized service center.

“Inova has a long history of environmental stewardship and embedding sustainability within our operations,” says Chip Goyette, director of sustainability for Inova. “This project is a great example of how improving our environment, making our operations more efficient and, ultimately, improving our bottom line, all go hand-in-hand.”

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