A case of successful technology transfer to health care. Total quality materials management and just-in-time

J Manag Med. 1995;9(2):48-56. doi: 10.1108/02689239510086524.


Describes one approach to meeting the healthcare cost reduction challenge through the hospital materials management function. Highlights the value of taking a proactive stance to meet the challenge; transferring technology across industry sectors, such as employing a just-in-time inventory management system in clinical areas of hospital materials management, and adopting a win-win managerial philosophy. Features a case study to demonstrate the ideas in practice.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Savings
  • Economic Competition
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Inventories, Hospital* / economics
  • Inventories, Hospital* / organization & administration
  • Materials Management, Hospital / methods*
  • Materials Management, Hospital / standards
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Technology Transfer*
  • Total Quality Management / methods*
  • United States