Medical Devices: Supply Chain Issues & Improvement Efforts
There are countless lessons learned since the pandemic began in early 2020. One of those learnings include the importance of medical devices — to both healthcare systems as well as public health in general.
Not only did shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) cause a frenzy, but so did other essential devices such as ventilators, testing supplies, and tools necessary to conduct vaccines.
The coronavirus pandemic showed tremendous vulnerability in our supply chain, both nationally and abroad. It also exposed just how much the United States relies on devices and raw materials imported from other countries, including China.