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SPECIAL FOCUS From page 12


align with healthcare providers. This alignment and trust is espe- cially important in healthcare. Unlike the consumer marketplace, healthcare involves complex products and services that are highly regulated and save people’s lives. Decision-making on these products requires clinical judgment. Providers also need to manage recalls, shortages, and emergency safety issues. Moreover, because health- care is regulated, companies cannot simply manufacture products on a spot basis. Premier aggregates purchasing so that product can be predictably manufactured and made available.


IAHCSMM’S ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSING MANUAL


IAHCSMM partnered with industry experts and leaders in endoscope reprocessing to develop the IAHCSMM Endoscope Reprocessing Manual. This 15-chapter manual will serve as a valuable education tool and resource for endoscope reprocessing managers, technicians and others who are seeking to enhance their endoscope reprocessing knowledge and practices. Some of the important topics addressed include:


• Regulations, Standards and Resources


• Point-of-Use Cleaning, Transport and Leak Testing


• Cleaning Processes for Flexible Endoscopes • Endoscope Inspection and Preparation


• High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization Processes for Flexible Endoscopes


• Endoscope Handling, Storage and Transport


Endoscope Reprocessing Manual: $80/Member, $90/Non-Member


Endoscope Reprocessing Workbook: $50/Member, $60/Non-Member


Endoscope Reprocessing Boxed Course: (Includes Manual and Workbook) $120/Member, $140/Non-Member


Visit www.iahcsmm.org for more details on pricing, full contents and the accompanying workbook.


16 March 2018 • HEALTHCARE PURCHASING NEWS • hpnonline.com


• Premier’s data and analytic tools provide dif ferenti- ated value to healthcare providers: The backbone of our solutions is a virtual technology infrastructure which we believe is unparalleled today. Premier has access to data encompassing ap- proximately 45 percent of U.S. hospital patients, and leverages this clinical data set to provide vital analytics to providers. Our products and services provide transparent pricing and enable rapid pricing adjustments to assure competitiveness. In a constantly changing, complex product and service environment, we believe healthcare providers rely on Premier to supply this critical information. Moreover, Premier’s data and analytics enable providers to identify appropriate and inappropriate product usage, as well as the relative value of dif- ferent products.


• Premier defi nes value for its members beyond unit cost: Given our heritage is consistent with our mission, we defi ne value for our members through several variables. The quality, safety and effi cacy of products are equally important to the providers with whom we partner as the unit cost. Our member clinical committees review the literature and factors impacting product effectiveness, bring comparative data to bear in organizations’ decision-making, provide evaluation of selected products and services, and deliver ongoing support for organizations’ decision-making process with clinical experts. While cost remains a critical component, we believe our partners value the holistic way in which we critically evaluate the products on their behalf.


• Premier deploys a dynamic set of capabilities to ex- tract value for its members: We have developed complex global strategies to drive superior value for our provider partners. For commodity oriented items, Premier can set specifi cations and strongly encourage manufacturers around the world to bid or go directly to manufacturing plants to source the products. Because we operate one of the nation’s largest GPOs, we believe we command market-leading prices. For more sophisticated “physician preference” items, we can draw upon our vast real-world data to create or confi rm safety, quality and effi cacy metrics. We work directly with clinicians and other providers to develop specifi cations, and then negotiate the best price or value, understanding that a product with higher effi cacy in saving lives reduces the total cost of care. Premier also has disrupted the supply chain through aggregated members purchasing and direct distribution operations, further reducing supply chain expenses.


• Premier deploys effi cient e-commerce capabilities across healthcare: Our electronic procurement and market- place has been rated by KLAS as the healthcare industry’s leading enterprise resource platform. We believe this is the only pure healthcare exchange that allows for fl uid transactions of purchasing and payment with effi cient price synchronization across the supply chain. This cloud-based platform helps our healthcare members modernize procurement by standardizing, integrating, and enabling e-commerce. Healthcare managers can seamlessly access our manu- facturer contracts and manage inventory levels. This allows them to manage procurement across the continuum of care, apply dynamic approval levels, and implement spend controls that drives effi ciency.


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