In the News

Feb 13 2018
“How much did this procedure cost?” While this might seem like a straightforward request, it’s often difficult, if not impossible, for healthcare providers to...
Feb 05 2018
Everyone in the business of providing healthcare is at a critical juncture right now. U.S. hospitals are struggling to remain financially viable, margins are thin and...
Jan 22 2018
When fictional industrialist Diet Smith introduced to Dick Tracy in his eponymous comic strip...
Jan 22 2018
While it followed the U.S. UDI rule by nearly four years, the European regulation that requires manufacturers to label their products with...
Jan 05 2018
Payments is the "last mile" in the health care supply chain, where automation promises to deliver...
Dec 20 2017

Take it from the Irish: Just do it

Healthcare Purchasing News
Last year, around this time, I was completing a Capstone project for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on whether manufacturers considered how hospitals would use...
Dec 12 2017
Global Healthcare Exchange, which develops technology for healthcare supply chain management, has launched what it said is a first-of-its-kind tool to help clinicians...
Dec 12 2017
The challenges in healthcare today are well documented—uncertainty in federal regulations, changes in reimbursements that impact both suppliers and providers, and increased pressure to move from fee for service to value based care, among others...
Dec 05 2017
Efficient payment processes benefit both healthcare providers and suppliers – helping to create more productive relationships among...
Nov 16 2017
Bruce Johnson was raised in a family that believed in giving back, especially to children less fortunate than him. That ethos has stuck throughout his life, displayed in his personal philanthropy and role as president and CEO of the Louisville-based healthcare automation firm Global Healthcare Exchange.
Nov 09 2017
The supply chain sits at the center of the health care industry’s ongoing...
Oct 27 2017
A recent report issued by International Data Corp., stated that IT infrastructure spending for cloud deployments will top $40.1 billion...
Oct 24 2017
In the September 2017 issue of Standard Practices, I wrote about how real world evidence (RWE) can help us better understand how...
Sep 22 2017
The massive computing power and costs savings afforded by the cloud are...
Sep 13 2017
New payment and financial technologies are quickly emerging from the FinTech community...
Sep 01 2017
Ask progressive doctors, surgeons and nurses to list their top cost drivers and they’ll likely unspool a litany...
Aug 24 2017
For those of us who have made our careers in IT and technology, the cost savings and performance...
Aug 22 2017
One of the most promising aspects of healthcare’s move to value is the ability to garner more...
Aug 01 2017

Questions Cloud Healthcare Market

Inside Supply Management Magazine
Uncertainty in the healthcare market can have a significant impact on the U.S. economy. The percentage change in...
Jul 21 2017
As the name implies, this column typically focuses on the value of standard practice, but this month...
Jul 14 2017
Achieving the ‘perfect order’ has been the holy grail of the order-to-payment cycle...
Jun 26 2017

The UDI Conference Shifts to Value

Healthcare Purchasing News
Just as I was preparing my presentation for last month’s UDI Conference in Baltimore, President Trump announced...
Jun 14 2017
Eighty-eight percent of finance executives at healthcare suppliers anticipate pressure...
Jun 13 2017
The biggest shift in the healthcare industry may not be the Affordable Care Act or its potential...
May 02 2017
How would you describe the role of a CIO today? There is no question that the role...
Apr 20 2017

And Then There Were Two: UDI Goes Global

Healthcare Purchasing News
Timing for the Spring 2017 GS1 Global Healthcare Conference could not have been better. The semi-annual event...
Mar 20 2017
Medical errors are not new news. The high number of deaths due to preventable medical errors made the headlines in 1999 with the publication of...
Mar 01 2017

Bundled Payments Reshape Healthcare and the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
Anyone trying to navigate the landscape of alternative payment models (APMs) designed to reward...
Feb 20 2017

Standardize Globally, Change Locally

Healthcare Purchasing News
It’s not often that the healthcare supply chain makes prime time news, and when it does, it unfortunately is...
Feb 01 2017
Many advances in medicine have been made over the past 20 years, transformative changes that...
Jan 25 2017
To listen to politicians, you would think that there is nothing that...
Dec 14 2016
In my line of work, I have the distinct honor to meet and work with healthcare organizations...
Dec 07 2016

Expanding the Role of Materials Management...

Healthcare Facilities Management
With better data on products comes a bigger focus on comparative effectiveness, which, for medical devices, is still in its infancy...
Dec 07 2016

Managing Supply Chains as they Move Across...

Healthcare Facilities Management
Now that more than 95 percent of hospitals have a certified electronic health record system, the ability to harness data...
Dec 07 2016
A key area to watch for supply chain improvement is predictive analytics, says Eugene Schneller, professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The race is on...
Dec 01 2016
Six years ago, five of the most notable names in healthcare delivery — Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Mercy — formed...
Nov 16 2016

Being Prepared in the Age of HIPAA Audits

Health Management Technology
This year, about 150 covered entities and 50 business associates (BAs) have been or are currently engaged in...
Nov 01 2016
The highest year-to-date volume for healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the U.S. occurred during the first...
Oct 19 2016

Sourcing for Quality Demands Standards

Healthcare Purchasing News
What if making sourcing decisions in healthcare were more like buying a new car or major appliance, with a Consumer Reports-like service to provide data on...
Sep 15 2016
Imagine you are a healthcare system interested in adopting GS1 standards – where do you start? That’s the question...
Sep 07 2016
Internet ordering of medical supplies is alive and well in the United Kingdom’s...
Sep 03 2016
On March 21, 2016, providers added a new regulatory compliance assessment to their checklist of HIPAA accountability...
Sep 01 2016
For years, the prevailing opinion by high-performing organizations was to limit the product data held in item masters to a...
Sep 01 2016

UDI: AHRMM Navigates the Path to Compliance and Value

Supply Chain Strategies and Solutions
It's been nearly a year since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) changed the...