Dale Robinson Appointed Chief Operating Officer of HealthTrust Europe

Birmingham, England | 18 October 2019 | HealthTrust Europe, a trusted group purchasing organisation and supply chain partner for healthcare providers, announced the appointment of Dale Robinson as chief operating officer. Robinson will lead the strategic direction of the group purchasing organisation and oversee programmes to further integrate providers and suppliers in advancing clinical excellence. […]

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Supporting HCA Healthcare’s Supply Chain

Bandages and bed linens, cleaning supplies and wheelchairs, IV bags and syringes, X-ray film and printer ink, scissors and scalpels—it takes a lot of medical and pharmacy supplies, and a wealth of expertise from supply chain leaders, to care for patients and keep hospitals humming. “It all comes down to taking better care of our […]

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HealthTrust Completes Acquisition of ROi

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 1, 2019 – HealthTrust, a leading healthcare performance improvement company, today announced it has completed the purchase of Resource Optimization & Innovation, LLC (ROi), a St. Louis-based group purchasing organization with members including Mercy, Orlando Health, Inc., and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. ROi is also accountable for supply chain […]

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HealthTrust Honors Member Standouts

The 2019 HealthTrust Member Recognition Award recipients demonstrate outstanding performance, leadership and service in many creative, meaningful and exemplary ways. They have deployed medical response teams to provide aid during disasters, established committees to improve laboratory stewardship, achieved savings by capturing physician interest in the value-analysis process, and implemented cost-control measures to mitigate hospital pharmacy […]

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Data on Spinal Fusion Surgery

When examining Medicare data for spinal fusion surgery, significant differences exist within and between state-level, year-over-year comparisons, most notably in 2016 vs. 2017 & 2016 vs. 2018. Americans spend treating low-back pain annually: $90B+ Source: Modern Healthcare 2018 Spinal surgeries performed annually (spinal fusion, decompression, discectomy): 1.2M Source: National Center for Health Statistics Average cost […]

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Keller Among Ten People to Watch in 2019

Fred Keller, HealthTrust VP of Strategic Sourcing and Custom Contracting is named one of the Ten People to Watch in healthcare contracting. Keller develops collaborative relationships with the entire supply chain—from suppliers to end users—as he executes decisions in support of high-quality patient care. See his profile beginning on page 16.

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Year-round Focus on Innovative Products

Suppliers with new technology invited to submit Current and prospective suppliers whose products meet HealthTrust’s new technology definition* can submit products for review year-round. New products directly related to patient care, information technology or supply chain management that have received FDA approval via the 510k or PMA (pre-market approval) process, are eligible for submission through […]

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New Approaches to Health System Cybersecurity

In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm began attacking computers around the world, encrypting data and demanding ransom payments. In a matter of hours, WannaCry encrypted hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, knocking hospitals, government systems, railway networks and private companies offline.  For many cybersecurity professionals, WannaCry marked a turning point. […]

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HealthTrust’s SIMS Contracting Strategy Addresses Drug Shortages

The market for generic injectables continues to be plagued by prolonged drug shortages on mission critical medications. This serves to threaten patient safety and the ability of medical professionals to consistently provide quality care. In addition, healthcare providers are forced to manage unpredictable medication prices, creating unnecessary hurdles in delivering cost-effective care. In order to […]

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FDA Issues Product Safety Recommendations

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently convened meetings on three important patient safety issues. Here’s what members need to know … Paclitaxel-coated Devices & Late-mortality Safety Signal These coated products—paclitaxel-coated balloons and paclitaxel-eluting stents—are used to treat peripheral arterial disease in the femoropopliteal arteries. On June 19–20, 2019, the FDA’s Circulatory Systems Device Panel met to […]

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Delivering Value-added Care Across Diverse Operations

Q&A With Sam Bachi, M.D. Sam Bagchi, M.D., is chief medical officer and chief medical information officer at Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, where he supports physicians and other caregivers with the information and technology needed to promote patient safety and improve patient care. He spoke about the role of data in healthcare, CHRISTUS’ leadership development […]

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Data-driven Decision-making: Moving from “What you think” to “What you know”

In healthcare, many disciplines have access to mounds of data and analytics that are often used for a variety of purposes. On the supply side, data is used to help drive standardization, eliminate unnecessary variation and lower costs.  “The prevalence of a clinically integrated supply chain is the result of today’s focus on value-based care […]

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Foodbuy Contract Offers Members Greater Transparency and Sustainable Options

It’s difficult to imagine a greater pillar of health and wellness within a community than a hospital. Because healthcare professionals are considered trusted authorities, hospitals and healthcare systems are held to high patient and consumer expectations when it comes to serving up healthy, yet delicious food options. Increasingly with the millennial generation’s interest in protecting […]

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Savings on Tap: Generating Revenue Through Beverage Pouring Rights

Setting up an exclusive relationship with a beverage company could generate a surprising amount of revenue for your healthcare facility. Beverage companies often pay substantial money for the exclusive right to market and sell their beverage brands at either a single facility or several within a health system. While strategic beverage partnerships or pouring rights […]

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The Big Move

Consolidating multiple hospital locations is an enormous, demanding job—and one that requires a dedicated team. In 1996, Boston City Hospital—one of the first municipal hospitals in the United States—and Boston University Medical Center Hospital merged to form what’s now known as Boston Medical Center (BMC). Since then, the hospital has worked to efficiently integrate departments […]

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Spine Robotics Help Surgeons Navigate Complex Procedures

Since the introduction of the da Vinci surgical system nearly 20 years ago, robotics has revolutionized surgery for patients undergoing everything from hysterectomies to coronary bypasses. The promise of this technology has finally arrived for spine surgery. Medical device companies are debuting a new collection of robotic-assisted tools designed to help surgeons improve the precision, […]

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Strategies for Better Supply Expense Management in the OR

The right product in the right place at the right time. Nowhere is this well-known supply chain adage more critical than in the operating room. A 2018 study published in JAMA estimates each minute in the OR costs $37, so delays due to missing supplies are costly. Delays can also impact outcomes, especially if a […]

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Spine Centers of Excellence

In his practice at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California, orthopedic spine surgeon James Bruffey, M.D., sees a variety of patients, from triathletes to retirees, who suffer from debilitating back pain. Though each case comes with its own complexities, his patients share a common desire: to return to their active lifestyles as soon as […]

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Pharmacy Departments Prepare for New & Revised Compounding Standards

Pharmacy leaders have had more than three years to prepare for new standards surrounding the compounding of hazardous drugs. USP 800, Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings, the newest chapter from U.S. Pharmacopeia governing drug handling, was publicized in February 2016 and is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2019. Complicating the transition is […]

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HealthTrust Honors Members for Excellence and Community Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 13, 2019 – HealthTrust today recognized five member organizations with its most esteemed honor, the Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University Conference under way at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. HealthTrust established the Member Awards in 2009 to acknowledge outstanding contributions of organizations and individuals who demonstrate excellence […]

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