Data: the public health supply chain’s biggest challenge and opportunity
Public health supply chains face two big challenges. The first is the availability of complete, accurate, and timely data. The second is isolated silos of data, which disconnect global supply chains from in-country supply chains.
Without accurate, timely data available across the supply chain, it is extremely difficult for donors, organizations, and service providers that manage public health programs to make informed decisions based on facts and, ultimately, to reach their program goals.
In an article dedicated to data matters, PQMD member Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) explores some of the reasons behind the isolation of data, the importance of bridging the gap between in-country and global supply chain data and the future of integrated systems in ensuring end-to-end supply chain visibility.
We look at the difference between commercial and public health supply chains, we discover the historic structures of public health supply chains and we uncover where the in-country data is, and how it can be harnessed.
Meanwhile, we also delve into Control Towers as a means of improving supply chain visibility.
PFSCM has recently implemented a new Control Tower solution that has the potential to greatly improve supply chain visibility throughout the whole supply chain.
In the article, PFSCM’s Chief Information Officer, Chad Davenport, explains some of the benefits of the new Control Tower including easy data input, access to tailored information, end-to-end product tracking, real-time information and collaboration, and the ideal future where the system is mature enough to manage the supply chain autonomously.