Join Cleveland Clinic, Advocate Health Care, and their business partners as they share their stories on end of life management for equipment and supplies. In developing countries around the world, patients do not receive the highest standard of care due to the lack of supplies and equipment. Medical surplus recovery organizations collect excess supplies and retired equipment for beneficial use in under-resourced communities around the globe.
In 2016 Advocate Health Care diverted over 70 tons of medical supplies from landfills for reuse in developing countries where supplies are limited. Advocate Health Care and its partners – Project CURE, AMITA and Medline – launched a surplus material recovery program in 2016. The joint project has a dual social and environmental mission to divert products from landfills and get them into the hands of people that need them most.
Cleveland Clinic designed and implemented a Centralized Asset Management solution to assist with excess equipment and supplies. Cleveland Clinic minimizes wasted shipping and stores items for repurposing or sale. Utilizing a user friendly app, information is entered about clinical equipment when it is determined to be no longer required to support patient care. Through a central service, users can identify and enter items into the system. Based on a determined time frame by asset class, items are either repurposed, sold, donated, recycled, or as a last measure, landfilled. This system increases the efficiency and reuse of items within the system, optimizes the value externally, maximizes recycling, and ensures proper disposal if appropriate.