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Eric O'Daffer
VP Analyst I
10 years at Gartner

Eric O'Daffer is a Research Vice President in the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain group. Mr. O'Daffer's focus is on the end-to-end value chain, starting at the point of care looking back. He focuses most of his time with providers and how they best manage all the components of the supply chain. This involves both their internal processes as well as best practices for partnering with their suppliers and service providers to optimize the clinical effectiveness of their products and the best-delivered cost possible.Read Full Bio

Innovation during the COVID-19 Healthcare Supply Chain Response: Failure Is Not an Option

by Eric O'Daffer  |  April 23, 2020

COVID-19 is Healthcare’s Apollo 13.  If you don’t remember the space mission, you might remember the 1995 movie with the same title.   In the climactic moment of the mission, the command module suffers damage and the astronauts are in jeopardy.    A group of engineers in Houston have to teach the astronauts to adapt the lunar […]

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Healthcare Provider Supply Chain Response to COVID-19: Calling Your Shot for Recovery

by Eric O'Daffer  |  April 16, 2020

One of my favorite books is John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany.”  A large part of the book relates to the concept of “The Shot.” Throughout the book, the two main characters practice a basketball play over and over in preparation for an unknown time in the future when this specific skill will be […]

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Healthcare Provider Supply Chain Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

by Eric O'Daffer  |  April 7, 2020

In the past few months, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down.  This pandemic puts people at risk for serious illness and taxes our supply chains.   My heart goes out to all the people and families in the throes of this disease and to the brave caregivers and the “hands that supply the hands that […]

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