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93 Percent of the Medical-Surgical Companies Named to Gartner's 'Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25' Use GHX Technology to Drive Efficiency and Reduce Costs
Nov 18, 2010 (03:11 PM EST)


LOUISVILLE, Colo., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen of the 14 medical-surgical organizations named to the 2010 Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 list partner with GHX to advance their supply chain strategies, helping them to improve business results. By automating supply chain processes and combining disparate sources of supply chain data into a single, holistic information set, these provider and supplier organizations recognize the connection between supply chain effectiveness and better patient care.

The list, released annually by the IT research and advisory firm, ranks companies on their pursuit of "high-quality patient care at optimal economic cost, which is our definition of 'value' in healthcare," according to Gartner's research report. Among the winners announced on Nov. 17 at the Gartner Healthcare Exchange 2010 in Boston were:

  • Owens & Minor
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sisters of Mercy Health System
  • Cardinal Health
  • BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Abbott
  • AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Boston Scientific
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Alcon

Healthcare organizations are chosen for inclusion on the prestigious list based on quantitative reviews of their supply chain costs and overall productivity and efficiency, as well as a qualitative assessment based on a poll of leading industry and analyst experts.

"We are honored to have achieved this recognition, which is testament to our dedication to transforming our supply chain in partnership with GHX," said Nancy LeMaster, vice president of Supply Chain Operations at BJC HealthCare. "In the current challenging healthcare atmosphere, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to reduce operating expenses, and GHX helps us do that by providing innovative technology solutions that provide a 360-degree view into our supply chain to drive efficiencies and identify inaccuracies."

By connecting 3,900 healthcare providers and a critical mass of suppliers, GHX has built the largest technology footprint for transforming the healthcare supply chain by increasing visibility, accuracy and automation of information. GHX currently processes more than $40 billion per year of e-business transactions, driving GHX and its participants toward the achievement of a five-year goal to cut $5 billion in costs from healthcare.

"We salute our customers who have been singled out for recognition by Gartner, and are proud to have been a part of their supply chain successes," said Bruce Johnson, president and CEO of GHX. "Dedication to improving healthcare through greater efficiencies and automation in supply chain processes is being demonstrated by all GHX customers, and with their participation, I look forward to continuing to build the IT solutions that will help achieve real, sustainable value within healthcare organizations."  

About GHX

As the business hub for healthcare, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) enables healthcare providers and suppliers in North America and Europe to reduce costs and improve margins by automating processes, reducing operating expenses and increasing knowledge-based decision making.  Products and services include trading partner connectivity, order and contract management and validation, data synchronization, sales force automation and business intelligence. Equity owners of GHX are Abbott Exchange, Inc.; AmerisourceBergen Corp.; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; B. Braun Medical Inc.; BD; Boston Scientific Corp.; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Covidien; C.R. Bard, Inc.; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.; GE Healthcare; HCA; Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.; McKesson Corp.; Medtronic USA, Inc.; Owens & Minor; Premier, Inc.; Siemens; University HealthSystem Consortium; and VHA Inc.  For more information, visit www.ghx.com.

SOURCE GHX