Theprocedures going on in a hospital require the use of differentequipment designed to facilitate the delivery of services. Thehospitals act as links between the manufacturers of these productshand the patient who is the end, users. One of these products is thepacemaker. The major producers of the pacemaker are medicaltechnology companies. The end users are patients who cannot maintaina normal heart rate. It uses electrical impulses to maintain theheart rate of patients.
Differentparties may take place in the distribution of the pacemaker. Hemanufacturer is the first party who uses technological innovation tocome up with different types of the pacemaker. The distributors whoprovide the items in large scale to hospitals act as the link betweenthe hospitals and the manufacturers (Ozcan, 2012). Through atendering process, hospitals identify reliable suppliers to providethe items whenever in need. Patients suffering from rate lapses arethe end users of the item. Cardiologists identify the patients whomay require the assistance of electrical impulses and recommend themto the use of pacemakers.
Hospitalsmake several considerations when purchasing pacemakers. Due to theirprice lack of daily demand, hospitals prefer to use just-in-timedistribution. The supplier delivers the items on demand wheneverpatients require them. It is cheaper in the long-run since thehospitals do not stock the high capital items that could stay forlong without being used.
Onemajor challenge associated with physicians is the unique need of thepatients. Some patients may require temporary or permanent pacemakers(Ozcan, 2012). The supplier cannot therefore deliver items of onekind without consulting the physician. The management should liaisewith the supplier so that they can be on the call whenever there arepatients in need of pacemakers.
Ozcan,Y. A. (2012). Quantitativemethods in health care management: Techniques and Applications(Laureate Education, Inc., 2nd ed.).Wiley: San Francisco.