Accession Number : ADA265523


Title :   Prime Vendor - DoD's Future Medical Supply System


Descriptive Note : Study project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Clayton, William T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a265523.pdf


Report Date : 15 Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : The United States is reducing the size of its armed forces and is spending considerably less money on defense. This has provided a powerful stimulus to implement new 'business practices' designed to modernize operations and dramatically reduce costs while maintaining essential combat capability. Expenditures for medical supplies and equipment within the Department of Defense (DOD) represent a significant portion of the total expense of health care. As a result, DOD is implementing a new concept of providing medical supply support to military hospitals. This program is known as 'Prime Vendor. It relies on enhanced distribution means through commercial industry support and integrated logistics information technology. Preliminary analysis suggests that 'Prime Vendor' adequately addresses peacetime concerns; economy, effectiveness, and responsiveness. It is more difficult to determine how well it will provide effective mission support and sustainment in wartime. DOD and the Services must examine the linkage between CONUS hospital operations, deployment planning, industrial base preparedness plans, and industrial stock rotation plans to insure readiness and wartime sustainability while implementing commercial practices.


Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MILITARY MEDICINE , *MEDICAL SUPPLIES , *MEDICAL EQUIPMENT , MILITARY OPERATIONS , USSR , COLD WAR , MILITARY BUDGETS , FEDERAL BUDGETS , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , LOGISTICS , DEPLOYMENT , MILITARY PERSONNEL , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE