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September 14th, 2017
Are you familiar with the ways in which you can place an order with Cook Medical? Electronic data interchange (EDI), online ordering, email, phone, or fax are the most common ways to place an order with Cook Medical. We’ve found…

July 21st, 2017
As an industry, if we take a high-level view of healthcare, one of the principal healthcare missions is to help individuals live life to its fullest potential. Healthcare supports patients across the continuum from preventive medicine through chronic disease. Everyone—suppliers,…

June 28th, 2017
After attending the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) meeting this year, a particular session stood out to me: women in supply chain. It prompted good conversation and forward thinking. As a result, I reached out to one of the attendees, Laurel…

December 16th, 2016
As I reflect back on 2016, I am reminded that the three healthcare absolutes—treat more patients, reduce costs, and improve outcomes—are still very much an everyday focus. However, three recurring themes that I have noticed in conjunction with the healthcare…

October 25th, 2016
UDI report: what’s next for unique device identification (UDI)? Guest post with Karen Conway and Mike Schiller As we are a month past the date when the FDA’s unique device identifier regulation for class II products took effect, we thought…

September 19th, 2016
Learn more about the UDI class II device deadline With the recent September 24, 2016 deadline of the FDA unique device identifier (UDI) regulation for class II products, we interviewed our two subject matter experts, Dheepa Lekshmanan, global UDI program…

August 16th, 2016
In early August I attended the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) 2016 conference, an annual meeting focused on advancing healthcare through supply chain excellence. While reflecting on my four days away, I recalled three relevant themes in…

July 21st, 2016
As referenced in my March blog post about the patient experience, consumers are more equipped and are driving healthcare change more than ever. Between the use of smartphones, the increase in extended hours at physician clinics, the surge of ambulatory…

July 6th, 2016
We were honored recently when Cook Medical became an inaugural member of the Global Healthcare Exchange’s (GHX) new Millennium Club. ­­GHX is a company that helps lower healthcare costs through the supply chain by increasing healthcare operational efficiencies. The Millennium…

March 29th, 2016
In my previous blog post, I discussed outmigration and the importance of encouraging and incentivizing patients to seek medical treatment in the right setting at the right time. Where and when patients get treatment is just one of many aspects…

March 21st, 2016
In my last blog post, I discussed the three absolutes that every healthcare provider is facing or will soon face: treating more patients, reducing costs, and improving outcomes. Cutting costs is a huge challenge for healthcare providers. Some healthcare systems…

February 24th, 2016
From Dave's Desk: The top three challenges we face in healthcare today FEBRUARY 23RD, 2016 As we entered the new year, I reflected on my experience in the healthcare industry as a professional and as a patient. Specifically, I thought…

December 15th, 2015
Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s already the end of 2015? It feels like life, work, and the world in general are moving faster than ever. It’s important to take time to pause as the year comes to a close, reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished, and prepare for what’s ahead.

December 11th, 2015
Capstone Health Alliance awarded Cook with the Supplier Innovation Honorable Mention Award at its annual membership meeting in early November. Comprised of over 125 hospitals that span from the Northeast to the Midwest, Capstone Health Alliance is a regional group purchasing organization that delivers savings and enables supply chain efficiencies for its members. This is the second year that Capstone has presented supplier innovation awards during the meeting. The award recognizes suppliers that proactively bring opportunities to Capstone’s members and support its mission of delivering continuous value through aggregation, collaboration, and innovation.

December 3rd, 2015
In April 2016, we will be removing a redundant, short barcode from our product labels. To learn how this change could affect your facility, please find your country in the list below and select your language.

November 11th, 2015
As I discussed in my Reflections on AHRMM post, there are five recurring themes from the past several months. One of those themes is reducing clinical variation. Think for a second about how many physicians practice throughout the world. They all went to medical school and have been trained to practice medicine at the highest standard, but there are some differences in how they learned to perform procedures. Their procedures vary somewhat, depending on which medical school they attended, which hospitals they worked at, and which physicians they trained under.

October 30th, 2015
Mid-America Service Solutions, LLC (MSS), holds an annual conference that is focused on driving value in supply chain efficiencies. When MSS witnesses a supplier-partner that sets high standards in this area and drives substantial savings to the MSS membership, it presents a supplier-of-the-year award at its annual conference.

October 29th, 2015
For decades, Cook Medical has worked with physicians to develop new medical devices. So when University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) asked Cook’s Healthcare Business Solutions (HBS) team to help improve its processes and reduce costs, UPMC and the HBS team developed and tested an innovative new program for UPMC—just like Cook would do with a device for a physician.

October 1st, 2015
The next unique device identification (UDI) adoption date is around the corner. The FDA has decided that by October 24, 2015 all implantable, life supporting and life sustaining medical devices must have their UDI data published to the GUDID. The easiest reason to use the UDI is because you are required to. Although checking the regulatory box is important, it’s not the best reason to adopt data standards in your facility.

September 17th, 2015
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) has five major medical centers and is the largest health system in Louisiana. Founded in 1911, FMOLHS is a non-profit, mission-focused healthcare ministry that provides millions in unreimbursed medical care each year. As FMOLHS’s leadership learned about the Affordable Care Act and new regulations from the FDA, they realized that they needed to adopt GS1 data standards in order to help sustain their healthcare system and keep providing the highest possible level of patient safety.

September 1st, 2015
At the beginning of August, I attended the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management’s (AHRMM) annual meeting. We were excited to welcome AHRMM to our backyard, Indianapolis, just 50 miles from Bloomington. Looking back at the days spent at…

August 4th, 2015
Salil Joshi of GS1 has over ten years of experience helping healthcare providers implement data management strategies, optimize technology, and initiate supply chain business process improvements that reduce costs and improve patient care. Working with cross-functional teams, he has managed…

June 4th, 2015
Q: What is your role at Cook Medical?  I’m a corporate account executive with a focus on building relationships with IDNs that foster optimal supply chain efficiency via distribution. I’m also part of the Supply Chain Improvement Team, and that…

April 22nd, 2015
Last year, we shared a story on a change we made to two of our shipping containers to reduce waste in the healthcare system. We adjusted the dimensions and made the boxes slightly smaller. This small change takes weight out…

March 25th, 2015
In the March/April edition of National Health Executive, Andy McMinn, head of procurement and logistics at Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust discusses making excellence in procurement mainstream in the NHS.  He also praises innovative supplier partnerships, like those with Cook Medical,…

January 19th, 2015
Healthcare is a massive industry with lots of moving parts and wide-ranging stakeholders, centring on one simple goal: looking after the patient. It’s the reason we’re all here. Even areas of the industry that may seem to be removed from…

December 9th, 2014
The challenge All integrated delivery networks (IDNs) face the same cost pressures: of managing rising healthcare costs without negatively affecting patient care. In 2013, a regional health system in the South was specifically challenged to reduce its spending by $100…

October 31st, 2014
Recently, Cook Medical hosted a discussion on Unique Device Identification (UDI) at the IDN Summit’s annual fall meeting. Suppliers and providers gathered to discuss the challenges their organizations are facing as the UDI regulation unfolds over the next few years,…

October 23rd, 2014
[youtube iBubPXmZKog]   The Health Service Journal (HSJ) and Cook Medical recently organised a workshop in best practice in procurement in the NHS. Procurement chiefs from across from major UK Trusts discussed how their departments were evolving to meet the…

September 11th, 2014
The first wave of unique device identification UDI regulations is staring device manufacturers in the face, with the requirement that all Class III implantable devices will be marked with a unique device identifier by September 24, 2014. It’s a good…

August 15th, 2014
We’ve been talking a lot about data standards. Last year, Cook proudly announced that we were among the first companies to adopt GS1 data standards by applying Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) to all of our products. We were also…

August 8th, 2014
The best supply chain is an invisible one. Every time you go to the grocery store, for example, you are experiencing an efficient and streamlined supply chain without even realizing it. All the products, though they are made by multiple…

August 1st, 2014
Last week, we introduced the latest addition to the Cook family: the Supply Chain Improvement Team. We think that dedicating a team to solving supply chain issues will benefit ourselves and our customers, especially because we’re approaching it in a…

July 21st, 2014
Our goal is to improve patient care, through our products but also through our business practices. Every day, we’re discovering new ways to cut costs out of the supply chain for us and our customers. And we think it’s our…

June 13th, 2014
Did you know only 7.5% of an EU country’s healthcare budget on average is spent on medical devices*? Even still, some procurement teams across the United Kingdom and beyond are tasked daily with driving down their supplier’s prices rather than using…

June 8th, 2014
Recently the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK announced a new e-procurement strategy, as part of their cost savings initiatives to reduce non-pay expenses by £1.5 billion by 2015-2016. At Cook Medical, we also think e-procurement makes sense. It reduces…

June 3rd, 2014
Gartner is a prestigious information technology research and advisory company and they periodically recognize companies who are making strides in innovating supply chain. Also humbling is the fact that this is the first year that the Chainnovators award is being…

May 28th, 2014
National Health Executive (NHE), one of the top healthcare publications in the United Kingdom, recently featured Cook Medical and one of our customers in a timely piece about NHS e-procurement strategy and partnering with suppliers. Working closely with Bradford Teaching…

April 24th, 2014
As we mentioned last week, Intermountain Healthcare is very focused on sustainability initiatives. In addition to creating a more efficient waste stream, the system is also analyzing one of the most common practices in a workplace: printing paper. Intermountain estimates its…

April 23rd, 2014
Cook Polymer Technology (CPT) participated in the Energizing Indiana and Duke Energy initiative by replacing existing high wattage lighting fixtures for more energy efficient fixtures. The program offers a one-to-one fixture replacement rebate, and the new fixtures give us a…

April 21st, 2014
Healthcare professionals are coming together to discuss sustainability issues and solutions at CleanMed 2014, June 2-5, in Cleveland, Ohio. With over 40 educational sessions and access to sustainable vendors, CleanMed will inspire ideas about healthcare sustainability. If you are looking…

April 21st, 2014
Since it’s Earth Day, we thought it was a good opportunity to talk about sustainability. Sustainability is one of those words that has many different definitions, depending on who you ask. At Cook, sustainability means that we try to make decisions that…

April 18th, 2014
The healthcare industry generates a lot of waste, all of which impacts our world economically, socially, and environmentally. The Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals helps us understand the different types of waste in the industry and reduce waste through prevention, reduction, and recycling.…

April 17th, 2014
Do you want to know your environmental impact? Try these impact calculators to find out: Personal footprint calculator from the Global Footprint Network Personal and home carbon impact calculator by The Nature Conservancy  Business carbon calculator from Renewable Choice Energy

April 16th, 2014
Who knew that making a small change to a shipping box could have such a big impact? Cook Medical's Matt Palmreuter did. As a senior packaging engineer, Matt analyzes and evaluates the corrugated cardboard boxes that we use to ship…

December 4th, 2013
Electronic commerce (e-commerce) is a lower-cost, more efficient way to do business. Without online ordering, some customers rely on fax, phone, and email orders. These types of orders are more prone to human error, take more time, and cost more…

September 25th, 2013
Below is a post from Dave Reed, vice president of Operations and Healthcare Business Solutions, recently posted on The Healthcare Hub: About two years ago I was giving a talk on healthcare supply chain and mentioned that within the past…

September 17th, 2013
We previously discussed data standards and that we believe that a global standard just makes sense for healthcare. We continue to find ourselves discussing the variety of standards that are emerging for the healthcare industry worldwide. Since 2007, the Food and Drug…

January 1st, 2013
We believe standards make sense for healthcare and for our business. About a decade ago, one of our sales and distribution companies was trying to efficiently manage the inventory of multiple Cook manufacturing companies. But none of our manufacturers used…
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