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Aug 01 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has yielded many lessons, including the importance of integrating data from multiple sources, both medical and non-medical. Early in the crisis, governments, public health agencies, and health care systems sought to bring...
Jul 24 2020
COVID-19 has elevated the importance of the healthcare supply chain to help providers deliver outstanding care at lower costs. It’s now becoming one of the most visible functions across...
Jul 23 2020

Anything But Standard

Healthcare Purchasing News
Even before COVID-19 hit the United States, resulting in hospitals scrambling for personal protective equipment (PPE), supply chains were already dealing with recalls of more than nine million surgical gowns and 2.5 million...
Jul 20 2020
With value-based payment, the healthcare industry is taking a more holistic approach to how it cares for populations – an approach that may prove to be most effective for dealing with...
Jul 08 2020
Providers and suppliers are looking to preserve the healthcare supply chain after the COVID-19 pandemic by prioritizing the purchase of products made in the US and...
Jun 29 2020
Ensuring greater resiliency in the supply chain and improving demand forecasting have emerged as top priorities for the U.S. healthcare industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These insights are based on...
Jun 29 2020
Ensuring greater resiliency in the supply chain and improving demand forecasting have emerged as top priorities for the U.S. healthcare industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These insights are based on...
Jun 25 2020

The Trouble with (non) Standardized Tests

Healthcare Purchasing News
Much has been written about the challenges associated with a paucity of diagnostic testing for the presence of COVID-19. Without adequate testing, it is difficult to identify and isolate those with the disease in order to...
Jun 22 2020
The coronavirus crisis shook almost every industry globally, but the healthcare system was forced to adjust in real time. As the coronavirus raced around the world, hospital systems found themselves facing...
Jun 22 2020
For the last three months, all eyes have been focused on the healthcare supply chain as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic ravished its way through hospitals’ supplies. With supply and demand issues hitting nearly every single industry, communities...
Jun 17 2020
Advancements in technology have profoundly affected the ways in which we work and live, delivering new levels of automation, efficiency and economies of scale. The challenge for many leaders is finding the most effective ways to...
Jun 12 2020
Today every chief executive is focused on two 2020 imperatives: Resilience and results. While executives have little control over demand resilience, they have direct control over...
Jun 11 2020
When it becomes more difficult for a company to scale its data infrastructure, building a team responsible for that goal can help. Director of Data Operations and Engineering Mike Doerner said that’s precisely what happened...
May 25 2020
In late March, as COVID-19 had taken hold of New York City and the surrounding area, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on hospitals across the state to...
May 25 2020

V is for Visibility

Healthcare Purchasing News
For the better part of two decades this century, forward-thinking executives from providers, suppliers and supply data standards service companies have preached the gospel of...
May 18 2020
Despite the changes and uncertainty rippling across the entire venture-backed startup ecosystem, the digital health sector saw its best first quarter since analysts began tracking...
Apr 29 2020
In December 2019, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response told a House committee that “supply chain issues were among the most significant challenges to...
Apr 24 2020
We’ve been hearing about shortages on personal protective equipment or PPE and ventilators. Pharmacists are now sounding the alarm on a possible shortage of...
Apr 22 2020

Critical care in critical times

Healthcare Purchasing News
Most U.S. healthcare organizations have disaster preparedness plans in place to address infectious disease outbreaks, man-made or natural disasters, bioterrorism or other events that result in a surge in...
Apr 22 2020
When I sat down in early March to write the April edition of Standard Practices on the role of standards to support supply continuity, I knew we were facing serious shortages, but admittedly, I did not yet fully appreciate the...
Apr 15 2020
The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) is collaborating with GHX using the same tools, expertise and processes leveraged by...
Apr 13 2020
Procurement professionals, like any other, are affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. They will face many challenges in their supply chains. For those who operate within industries where physical...
Apr 08 2020
The Global Healthcare Exchange offers medical product manufacturers assistance in getting critically needed supplies to market quickly. Healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 crisis need...
Apr 04 2020
As the nation’s supplies of N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment run critically low, health care providers, suppliers and business leaders in Colorado...
Mar 31 2020
Although U.S provider organizations still show a willingness to take on risk by adopting alternative payment models, progress has been slow, and it may not pick up speed as quickly as many industry observers suggest. A recent HFMA study found that...
Mar 25 2020
Since the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, healthcare industry experts have projected that shortages of supplies such as personal protective equipment and ventilators could endanger...
Mar 24 2020
In response to COVID-19, GHX and Lumere are providing resources online to help ensure that their customers receive access to the data and...
Mar 23 2020

How standards support supply continuity

Healthcare Purchasing News
Significant disruptions in the healthcare supply chain, whether from natural disasters, major recalls, or more recently the impacts of...
Mar 09 2020
In 1970, healthcare spending represented 6.9% of U.S. GDP. Last year, findings from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed healthcare spending in the U.S. was expected to reach...
Feb 24 2020
There’s no shortage of enthusiasm — or predictions — about the potential use of artificial intelligence (AI). Grand View Research estimates the global AI market will grow at a compound annual rate of...
Feb 24 2020
One of the primary purposes of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) unique device identification (UDI) rule was to improve...
Feb 17 2020
One of the more damaging myths is that to succeed women need to adopt a male persona. Western society often assigns strength, courage, independence, leadership, and assertiveness as...
Feb 10 2020
During the past decade, the healthcare industry has undergone an unprecedented technological transformation. The industry, once defined by...
Jan 24 2020
The supply chain has carved out a critical role for itself as the healthcare industry shifts to a value-based...
Jan 23 2020
Supply Chain and Information Technology (the IT department) consistently have engendered a love-hate relationship. To succeed...
Jan 13 2020
Global Healthcare Exchange Inc. has acquired Chicago-based Lumere Inc., a provider of data and analytics solutions that enable health-care organizations to build clinically integrated...
Dec 05 2019
Healthcare IT leaders have spent the last decade primarily focused on critical investments related to clinical quality improvements—including implementing electronic health records (EHRs), adopting ICD-10 and...
Nov 22 2019
There’s a common theme – or maybe several common threads – interwoven among the mini-profiles of this year’s...
Oct 23 2019
The move to a healthcare system that rewards the value delivered to patients vs. the volume of services performed is no easy task. Healthcare providers, including hospitals and physicians, face decreasing reimbursements as both...
Oct 03 2019
TransForm Shared Service Organization (TransForm SSO) provides an innovative, end-to-end supply chain service driven through one vital goal: offering healthcare employees the support...
Oct 01 2019

Supply Chain Talent Has No Walls

Supply chain Strategies & Solutions
As healthcare continues to evolve, so too, do the talent requirements for supply chain organizations. The AHRMM Cost, Quality, Outcomes (CQO) Movement arose out of a recognition that...
Oct 01 2019
Two powerful forces are transforming the health-care supply chain: Value-based reimbursement and consumerism. Both are responsible for a sizable shift in where care is delivered...
Sep 23 2019
Executives and professionals in healthcare supply chain gaze somewhat longingly at other industries for glimpses at what might emerge within their realm of,,,
Aug 29 2019
Denver is home to some of the most exciting companies in the U.S., and it has the executives to match: They are driven, innovative and constantly setting new...
Aug 28 2019
The healthcare supply chain continues to be at a pivotal juncture, taking increased advantage of innovative technology to deliver affordable value-based care by...
Aug 12 2019
Health care spending in the United States is on track to hit 19.4% of GDP in the next decade, giving our country the dubious top spot globally for...
Aug 05 2019
Contract price misalignment is one of the leading causes of pricing issues in the healthcare supply chain, and among the most critical issues...
Jul 23 2019

Can standardization drive innovation?

Healthcare Purchasing News
Many consider “standardization” and “innovation” to be opposing forces, when in fact standardization might just be what is needed to effectively innovate around healthcare delivery and payment reform.
Jun 20 2019
Acquisitions and mergers continue unabated in healthcare. Pricewaterhouse Cooper's latest report on mergers and acquisitions in healthcare found the number of...
Jun 19 2019
When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the UDI rule in 2013, it listed the ability to “provide for more rapid, more efficient resolution of device recalls” as a primary driver for...
Jun 05 2019
The majority of healthcare payment processes remain paper-intensive, despite electronic payments being the most efficient and cost-effective B2B payment...
Jun 04 2019
The United States spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized nation, and the continued growth in healthcare spending is creating economic pressures not only...
Jun 01 2019
Last month’s column focused on how those working on UDI regulations have broadened their focus beyond the US, as countries and regions...
Jun 01 2019

Are you willing to bear the standards?

Healthcare Purchasing News
Logically, the use of data standards would make transactions so much easier to track and trace, as well as facilitate detailed analysis...
May 01 2019
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) on April 30 announced the recipients of its annual GHXcellence Awards during...
Apr 25 2019

U.S. Passes the UDI Baton

Healthcare Purchasing News
For years, the eyes of the world were on the United States as it became the first country to publish and implement a regulation requiring...
Apr 10 2019
The supply chain has been an increasingly important driving force in the healthcare industry’s transformation. During the past decade, the focus on...
Mar 20 2019
Depending on whom you talk to, the move to value-based healthcare is driven by a high-level societal objective and a fiscal imperative to deliver the highest value to...
Mar 19 2019
It’s hard to believe that after nearly a decade of embracing HIT, the U.S healthcare industry still has its share of technological growing...
Mar 08 2019
Thanks to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010—as well as other major legislative efforts—the healthcare industry is...
Feb 28 2019
The healthcare industry is going through unprecedented change. The supply chain has been a powerful force, and at times a leader, in driving this...
Feb 28 2019

Supply chain tip: Build a diverse team

Becker’s Healthcare Review
While technology and automating supply chain processes has played an important role in driving change in the healthcare supply chain, more needs...
Feb 26 2019
Hospitals and healthcare systems around the world are prioritizing the need to reduce clinical variation, as they recognize what quality gurus across many...
Feb 22 2019
Supply & Demand Chain Executive announces its annual listing of Pros to Know in the supply chain...