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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 about not only how the industry can address the challenges we face in healthcare today, but also how we as patients can help with a solution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.