Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
GUIMARAES, Cristina Machado and CARVALHO, José Crespo de. Outsourcing in long-term care: a risk management approach. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.5, pp. 1179-1190. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000500012.
This article seeks to investigate outsourcing decisions in supply chain management of healthcare organizations, namely the motives and constraints behind the decision, the selection criteria for activities to be outsourced to third parties, the type of possible agreements, and the impact of this decision on the organization per se. A case study of the start-up phase of a Long-term Care unit with an innovative approach and high levels of customization was conducted to understand the outsourcing process in a start-up context (not in the standard context of organizational change) and a risk evaluation matrix was created for outsourcing activities in order to define and implement a performance monitoring process. This study seeks to understand how to evaluate and assess the risks of an outsourcing strategy and proposes a monitoring model using risk management tools. It was shown that the risk management approach can be a solution for monitoring outsourcing in the organizational start-up phase. Conclusions concerning dissatisfaction with the results of outsourcing strategies adopted are also presented.
Keywords : Healthcare; Performance monitoring; Outsourcing; Risk management; Long-term care.