Optimizing Flu Vaccine Planning at NorthShore University HealthSystem

Deo, S and Kolesov, I and Waikar, S (2012) Optimizing Flu Vaccine Planning at NorthShore University HealthSystem. [Teaching Resource]

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Abstract

Stan Kent, vice president of pharmacy at NorthShore University HealthSystem, is faced with the challenge of seasonal planning for the influenza vaccine. The supply received by the multilocation healthcare system is unreliable in terms of timing and quantity. As part of improved planning, Kent is contemplating a new contract with NorthShore's major supplier of flu vaccines. The options under consideration include fixing either the date of delivery or the quantity delivered. The main decision involved in either option would be how much vaccine to order. The case also provides details about the seasonal influenza epidemic in the United States, illustrates operational complexities of the U.S. flu vaccine supply chain, and provides a brief description of the various channels used to distribute flu vaccine to end consumers.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Deo, Shttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-3233-6014
Item Type: Teaching Resource
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flu Vaccine, influenza vaccine, Kent
Subjects: Health care and delivery
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2019 14:46
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2019 14:46
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/715
Publisher URL: https://hbr.org/product/optimizing-flu-vaccine-pla...
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