Category Archives: Supply Chains

Clinical Link Enhancement: ZirMed Announces New, Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Feature

ZirMed today announced a new, secure, HIPAA-compliant messaging feature for Clinical Link, the company’s cloud-based communications platform. This enhancement enables ZirMed users to exchange messages and clinical documents with any provider organization in the U.S., regardless of an organization’s EHR or practice management system. Clinical Link secure messaging helps providers meet the need for HIPAA-compliant physician communications without the delays associated with faxing, scanning and lost paperwork. The solution also supports provider organizations in their goal to meet Meaningful Use Stage II requirements, enabling seamless transitions of patient care by facilitating digital document exchange across care locations. “Our clients are [...]

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MedSnap ID Now Available To GNYHA Services And Essensa Healthcare Members

MedSnap ID bills itself as the first smartphone-based computer vision solution to address the time-consuming and error prone task of patient medication history taking. Using an iPhone® camera and durable Snap Surface, MedSnap ID automatically Snaps an image of a patient’s pills.  MedSnap ID then identifies all of the pills on the Surface, including generic, brand name and over-the-counter medications, and screens them for interactions and other safety issues. Clinician users can create a customized patient medication list with detailed instructions, pictures of each pill, and additional pertinent information appropriate for either patients or other clinicians. Medication lists can be [...]

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Is the “Office Visit” Becoming Cheeky? House Calls Are Making a Strong Comeback

Something old is becoming something new again. That Norman Rockwell image of the friendly, white-coated physician toting his iconic black bag of miracles –making a house call no less–  is actually making a comeback. In fact, physicians making house calls is being talked about as an innovative and disruptive new business model. Walter Park, 68, of San Francisco, says house calls prevented his expensive return visit to the hospital, where he initially stayed for seven weeks after a heart attack in 2012. After his discharge, specialists from the University of California, San Francisco, were among those who visited his home [...]

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Collapsed Healthcare System May Be Biggest Threat to Syrians

As the war grinds on into its fourth year, more Syrians have died from lack of adequate medical care than from actual combat, according to Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union’s commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. She went on to say that normally preventable diseases are killing twice as many Syrians as fighting. In an interview with Al-Monitor on April 11 in Washington, where she attended a coordination meeting at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) with other groups struggling to keep up with the spreading humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis, Georgieva said that “over 200,000 people [...]

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High School Students Use Crowdsourcing to Find a Cure for Melanoma

In a groundbreaking effort, 3,500 of the country’s top high school students will build the world’s largest wiki on melanoma research — and work toward finding that needle in a haystack to cure melanoma. The effort is led by www.SaveJordan.org, which will use crowdsourcing to drive user-generated content related to melanoma cancer research to a wiki site. “The idea is to bypass mainstream medicine and medical research and compile fresh ideas,” said Jordan Guernsey, the 29-year-old father of two and Stage IV cancer survivor who is the force behind SaveJordan.org. “The young people working on SaveJordan.org are the best and brightest future [...]

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Consolidation Trend Continues: Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital Forming System

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care system they say will offer lower-cost medical services from Southern New Hampshire to south of Boston at a time of changes sweeping through the industry. The alliance would link a 415-bed Boston teaching hospital that has been scrambling for a niche in the fast-consolidating market with one of the state’s largest community hospitals. Lowell General, which two years ago took over a crosstown rival, Saints Memorial Medical Center, has 434 beds on two campuses. Under terms of a tentative agreement approved by both boards, each nonprofit [...]

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ICD-10 Industry Surveys Show Directly Conflicting Results

Just before the transition to ICD-10 was officially delayed, NueMD conducted a survey of 1,300 healthcare professionals to gauge their attitudes towards ICD-10. The survey, which garnered responses from all 50 states, found that 55 percent of respondents thought the transition to ICD-10 should be delayed or should not happen at all. When comparing those results to  a 2012 survey that asked the same question, 56 percent of respondents wanted a delay or no transition, suggesting there hasn’t been any change in attitude over the last 18 months. The NueMD survey also measured healthcare professionals’ thoughts on financial and operational [...]

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University of Kentucky Hospital Joins Virginia Purchasing Collaborative

The University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., announced  today that it has joined the supply chain collaborative established  by the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va., and VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va. In 2007, the two Virginia hospitals combined their purchasing efforts and began working with UHC and its supply contracting company, Novation. The University of Kentucky Hospital will now also benefit from the power of combined purchasing volume, which will help all three hospitals reduce their costs. University of Kentucky Hospital, University of Virginia Health System, and VCU Medical Center are all participants in UHC Supply Chain Intelligence, through which they have access to an extensive portfolio of product [...]

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Friday Rant: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…

What happened to the good ol’ days –you know, when SCM vendor marketing budgets were properly anemic? SAP announced the concept of a “Supply Chain Control Tower” a little over a week ago at its supply chain conference in Las Vegas. If you’re curious about what it is, here’s my stab at it: Great marketing. Dammit, it’s a control tower not a dashboard! And because most of us in the SCM space have little experience dealing with a well-financed, first degree marketing assault, it will probably work —and that’s a good thing. If nothing else, it is validating the work of [...]

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Holding Patients Hostage: UPMC and Highmark Ripping the Community Benefit Standard to Shreds

The Stockholm Syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs when people who are held hostage –by captors who express concern for their welfare– eventually develop a tendency to identify with their captor’s interests. Far more ridiculous theories have been promoted to explain how UPMC, Western PA’s dominant healthcare provider, could get away with refusing to do business with Highmark, the area’s largest and most dominant insurer. Instead of the resolve getting stronger among those who could actually do something to fix this, remarkably, it seems to be weakening. For the hundreds of thousands of UPMC patients who are insured by Highmark, and appear [...]

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Direct Contracting Trend: aptitude Signs the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC)

Late yesterday, aptitude announced that the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC), a 22-member hospital network spanning Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, will be using the company’s direct contracting solutions. Since launching nearly a year ago, aptitude’s contracting speed –time to value– has proved to be the big attraction.  Shortening the contracting cycle from several months to an average of 38 days  has been cited repeatedly by aptitude customers as the marketplace’s most distinguished and compelling benefit, and the coalition expressed the same sentiment:  ”The ability to contract efficiently is a necessity in our business, and the aptitude platform can provide that functionality,” said Bob Hemker, Palomar Health’s [...]

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Premier Acquires MEMData –New Capabilities To Help Providers Reduce CAPEX and Construction Costs

Premier, Inc. PINC +0.22% today announced it has acquired MEMdata, LLC, an equipment planning, sourcing and analytics business focused on capital equipment needs for existing medical facilities, as well as those under construction. The addition of MEMdata’s capabilities is expected to enhance Premier’s ability to drive meaningful supply chain savings for its hospital and health system members in the high-cost areas of construction and capital equipment acquisitions. “Capital equipment is a large-spend category that presents challenges for our members since products are purchased infrequently and technology changes rapidly,” said Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore . “Capital equipment planning is an [...]

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Premier and American Society of Anesthesiologists To Develop Perioperative Surgical Home Collaborative

In an initiative designed to improve patient experience, outcomes and reduce readmissions, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced it has chosen Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) to help it develop a first-of-its-kind learning collaborative for the ASA’s Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care. ASA’s PSH is a patient-centered, physician-led, team-based practice model of coordinated care that guides a patient throughout the entire surgical experience. The collaborative is intended to bring together health care organizations to develop, pilot, and evaluate this innovative model to improve care for surgical patients from the moment surgery is planned, through recovery and discharge [...]

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In Search of the Perfect Order?

Realizing an ambitious goal makes us feel good. Setting a goal and failing to live up to it doesn’t. While procurement organizations continue to make great strides in placing additional spend under management, the lofty expectations that originally drove the early rush to P2P automation have been lowered on certain fronts. Yes, it’s easy to point to less-than-stellar implementations and/or technologies that just weren’t up to task, but there are other culprits—like the danger in placing too much focus on process and/or our tendency to take a “permanent breather” after a failed attempt. In short, while process efficiency/automation is obviously [...]

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Applied Analytics: Deloitte Survey Reveals Forensic Mindset Needed to Assess Supply Chain Risks

As complexity in global supply chain networks continues to increase, less than one-third (26 percent) of business executives are using data analytics tools and processes to help manage third party relationship risks, according to a new Deloitte survey. Thirteen percent of those surveyed are still learning how to use analytics software and 22 percent use no data analytics at all. “Many market leading companies leverage advanced data analytics tools and forensic accounting to identify anomalies in their transactional data,” said Mark Pearson, principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. “Using a forensic mindset when analyzing big data can provide value to [...]

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UK’s Competition Commission Forcing HCA to Sell Two London Hospitals

It appears that HCA International, owned by HCA Holdings, has become a victim of its own success. By most all accounts, it has done an excellent job in Central London and become a dominant force in its private healthcare market. So the idea that it is being forced to divest itself of two profitable hospitals, while it’s chief rival, BMI, gets a pass, is not sitting well with its executives. Competition Commission chairman Roger Witcomb said requiring operators to sell hospitals was a big step. “We have focused on those areas where a sale will be effective in increasing competition-where [...]

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