ECRI Announces 2013 Supply Chain Excellence Awards

ECRI is a nonprofit healthcare-focused organization dedicated to promoting the application of objective research to determine which procedures, devices, drugs and processes yield the best results. They’ve been measuring provider performance, benchmarking and promoting best practices across the enterprise for the better part of 45 years, so the market’s recent emphasis on evidence-based standards has significantly raised the firm’s profile –and utility. ECRI recognition is a good thing, as both the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recognize and collaborate with ECRI.

“As our nation grapples with an array of confounding healthcare issues, it is our great honor to announce the outstanding achievements of these organizations in achieving better supply chain value, and thus better healthcare, for all of us,” states Anthony J. Montagnolo, executive vice president and chief operating officer, ECRI Institute. “We congratulate and thank them for their great work.”

The recipients of this year’s award are:

  • Catholic Health East — Newtown Square, PA
  • Fletcher Allen Partners – Burlington, VT
  • Health Care Authority for Baptist Health – Montgomery, AL
  • Intermountain Healthcare – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnson City, TN
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center – San Francisco, CA
  • WellStar Health System – Marietta, GA
  • Yankee Alliance, Inc. – Andover, MA

“We applaud our eight winning organizations for their high level of dedication to improving healthcare quality and reducing costs in collaboration with ECRI,” states Jennifer Myers, ECRI Institute’s vice president of SELECT health technology services. “The winning supply chain teams reflect best practices that will enhance their value and role in the overall strategy of their organizations, helping to reduce utilization and re-admissions while achieving better outcomes.”

Please note the significance of the connection being made by ECRI between measured reductions in supply utilization, lower readmission rates and better outcomes –a sign of the times.

Healthcare Matters joins ECRI in tipping its hat to this year’s winners. It’s no accident, naturally, that all of these systems enjoy outstanding general reputations, so adding a supply chain excellence award to their respective mantle is a noteworthy achievement.

Source: ECRI and PRNewswire

—Tom Finn

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