Show Me the Way…
When I moved from my role as a Clinical Department Head to Director of Materials Management, I felt like a fish out of water. I had a lot to learn about distribution and contracting. This knowledge deficit was compounded when I moved into the role of the System Director for Value Analysis. I needed to know how to evaluate evidence, conduct a cost analysis, capture and report savings, and develop policies and procedures to support the application of the value analysis process. I needed to put into place job descriptions for roles to support the new VA approach and prepare PowerPoint presentations to explain the principles of VA and report on VA activities. I wanted to network with experienced VA professionals and learn from them. That’s when stumbled on to a VA chat group that eventually evolved into AHVAP. They shared templates for documenting cost comparisons and capturing savings and provided practical advice for dealing with the challenges I was encountering in my new role. If you are looking for this kind of information, it is available to you today at MEMBER CENTRAL on the AHVAP webpage http://ahvap.site-ym.com/?page=member_central , allow me to Show you the way…
Need input, direction, ideas? Post your questions, requests and replies on AHVAP CHAT. This is a great resource for information about products, evaluations, policies, procedures and all things Value Analysis. The instructions for submitting a request or opening a chat topic are on the page AND new members are automatically signed up to receive notices of posts. If you have not established a broad VA resource network, this is a great way to potentially get feedback from more than 360 peers. The key, though, is FEEDBACK. You are welcome to submit a CHAT topic, but to receive an answer, we need members to reply. Members report feeling frustrated and discouraged when they do not receive any responses.
Check it out!
There is a goldmine of information in the Resource Library! Members of the Education Committee have been hard at work organizing the information on this page. Just log on to http://www.ahvap.org/blogpost/1626634/Resource-Library for information on Contracting, Workflow/Process, Training Tools to Defective Product Forms, Evaluation and Trial Forms, New Product Requests, Policies, Purchase Request Forms, Decision Grids, RFI/RFP’s and PowerPoints about Value Analysis. As an AHVAP member, this information is available to you. Don’t “re-invent the wheel”, take advantage of this resource!
Webinars and Podcasts
AHVAP members can also access timely podcasts and view past Webinars.
There is something for everyone. Log on. Take a look. Be amazed!