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Five To Save | How The Supply Chain Is Putting Patients At Risk


The Z5 Piggy Bank teeters on the edge, because healthcare's supply chain is unsafe.

Faster and cheaper stops being better when patient outcomes get worse.

And, as far down as it is in the priorities of healthcare professionals, a patient's personal information being stolen is a bad outcome. 

This isn't a What If story. We didn't have to look, and we found a story about a Washington hospital that refused a ransom demand this week. So what are you going to do about it? 

This week's five articles might help you decide.

  1. Still don't believe this is a problem? How about this hospital mockup where medical devices were hacked... on purpose?
  2. Here's as practical a guide of steps you can take to shore up your cybersecurity as we've found. 
  3. One of the simplest steps is to hire a CIO, like our friends at CommonSpirit just did.
  4. But if you're anything like any hospital out there, your IT staff is under-supported and overwhelmed
  5. If you're having trouble convincing others (or yourself) to start making these improvements, get into a mindset that encourages disequilibrium


We've got these tips and one more on tap every Five To Save email that we send out. Sign up. We promise not to give you any e-worms or cyber viruses. 

And here's one for free: if you use Windows systems anywhere (and you know you do), they need to be updated to avoid an extremely serious vulnerability. Like, yesterday. 

After you've done that, PLEASE comment below, email us, etc. Tell us what you liked. What was helpful. What you’d like to see more of. And take care of yourself. 

Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, medical supply, five to save, digital supply management, cybersecurity, it security, healthcare inventory, buying medical inventory, data breaches, patient data

Alex Diamond

Written by Alex Diamond

Raised in the armpit of East Texas before escaping to the civilization of Austin, Alex is an author and former radio/podcast personality. If you ever run into him, ask him about the day he split his pants in front of the Lone Ranger.