GHXcellence Awards

GHXcellence Awards recognize supply chain leaders that are driving savings and efficiency for their organizations, their trading partners and the healthcare industry through automation and best practices.

Trading Partner Pair of the Year

This award is given to a provider and supplier (manufacturer or distributor) who are jointly leveraging supply chain automation and efficiency technologies within their trading partner relationship, and setting the gold standard for collaboration and mutual savings.


  • Partners must both be members of the GHX Exchange

Criteria considered

Note: Nominees are not required to meet all these criteria, nor are they limited to these. The criteria defines the range of accomplishment considered for this award. 

  • Percentage and/or increase of total of the pair’s mutual business volume going through the Exchange
  • Use GHX data to improve business processes and lower costs to serve, and costs to procure
  • Reduction in price exceptions
  • Increase in contract commitments and compliance

Nominations should include supporting documentation whenever possible. 

2018 Winner: Aspirus and Medline

  • The Aspirus and Medline teams worked collaboratively with GHX throughout 2018 to increase automation and reduce purchase order (PO) errors. Through this work, Medline increased its GHX Exchange transaction volume by 8 percent month-over-month, and Aspirus climbed the GHX Best 50 ranking from #30 in 2017 to #14 in 2018.
  • Aspirus and Medline identified rounding issues that caused pricing errors requiring both teams to spend unnecessary resources/hours correcting fractions of penny discrepancies. Aspirus updated pricing in its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from five digits to two digits, improving the pricing number error rate by 96 percent, and saving both parties significant time and money.
  • The trading partners were able to identify unit of measure (UOM) abbreviation differences between ERP systems, and come to a resolution to handle differences within future transactions, improving their UOM error rate by 63 percent. Through improved communication around product conversions, they also improved their part number error rate by 54 percent.
2017 - Olympus & Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2017 Winner -
Olympus & Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2016 - Trading Partner Pair of the Year
2016 Winner -
GlaxoSmithKline and U.S. HealthWorks
2015 - Trading Partner Pair of the Year
2015 Winner -
Montefiore Health System and Zimmer Biomet