Process Improvement

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Product and Equipment Trials Project Analyst

ISSUE In a growing IDN, migrating to the Institutes Model of organizational structure, more specialty and subspecialty physicians are being recruited into Parkview’s healthcare system. Parkview clinicians make significant efforts to ensure evidence-based best practice products and equipment meet patient needs and provide for optimal patient outcomes. These initiatives have led to a significant upturn […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Lompoc Valley Medical Center – Robot on Call – Telemedicine Saving Lives

ISSUE Because the Lompoc Valley does not have a neurologist available around the clock, patients displaying signs of a stroke are often transferred out of town to larger hospitals with more advanced treatment capabilities, delaying potential life-saving care and forcing a patient’s support network to travel to be near the patient. SOLUTION After several months […]

Ten Steps to Labor Productivity

  By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Executive Resources Specialist and Stephanie Dorwart, CEO, Altius Healthcare Consulting Group (Adapted based on information from Altius Healthcare Consulting Group) Improving labor productivity within hospitals and healthcare systems has become a core element that compels organizations to seek new approaches to working more efficiently. In order to gain control […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Achieving Positive Clinical Outcomes by Minimizing Hypoglycemic Episodes Associated with Anti-Diabetic Agents – Sea View

ISSUE Insulin and other hypoglycemic products are categorized by the FDA and regulatory agencies as high-risk medications. Evidence suggests the use of these medications can cause serious resident injury or harm. Via a quality assurance process of glucometer data, Sea View recognized a large percentage of residents were triggering for hypoglycemic episodes while utilizing these […]

Best Practices in Automating Your Accounts Payable Function

By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions, Supply Chain Strategies, Intalere Healthcare organizations face a number of challenges associated with accounts payable (AP)…and it’s easy for CFOs to lose sleep at night. Despite the increasing digitization of workflow and systems, the accounts payable process in many healthcare organizations remains mired in paper copies and manual workflow. […]

Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Nutrition and nutrition therapy have never been more relevant than now in the age of healthcare reform and the changing healthcare landscape. I recently discussed this topic with Dr. Tracy Smith, senior clinical manager for Abbott Nutrition, for a podcast. According to the […]

Four Benefits of Utilizing Procure-to-Pay Best Practices

by Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere The struggle to maintain greater control and compliance on spend – both clinical and non-clinical – coupled with the consistent demand to reduce costs and increase efficiency, can be overcome by consolidating procurement and expense management capabilities. Linking the procurement and accounts payable functions through an […]

Purchase Price is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Shannon Wheeler, Director, Supply Chain Solutions Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) refers to the total of all costs associated with every activity in the supply chain. More than just the purchase costs, TCO uncovers the more unseen costs involved in purchasing. In fact, the purchase cost often accounts for only a small portion of […]

Are You Maximizing the Benefits of Strategic Sourcing?

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Strategic sourcing applies advanced sourcing techniques and drives simplification and standardization of sourced products and services. This strategy should focus on elimination of redundancies, refinement of business processes, ideas for continuous improvement and formalized savings tracking systems. A strong strategic sourcing function offers numerous benefits around lower costs, […]