Strategic Sourcing

Enhance the Effectiveness of Your Supply Chain with Clean Data

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President of Business Development and Product Management Clean data could be defined as accurate catalog fields that reduce transactional discrepancies, promote in-depth organizational reporting and assist in the implementation of standardized product categories across your enterprise. Clean data is always a work in progress, not just an outcome. So what are […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Supply Cost Efficiencies: How Increasing the Use of Custom Packs Helped WASC

ISSUE Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center (WASC) was facing many inventory issues: inventory costs out of proportion, inefficient management of the supplies needed and how they are purchased and/or stored and too many miscellaneous items on stock shelves. SOLUTION WASC became a sole-source member of Intalere and began utilizing Intalere supplier contracts to receive the best […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Washington Rural Health Collaborative Achieves Value-Based Readiness and Transformation

ISSUE With CMS and Washington State detailing specific targets for transitioning to value-based payment (VBP), and private payers clearly expressing their intent to accelerate the transition, rural providers must create the infrastructure and culture to manage the transition or run the very real risk of being left behind and compromising access and outcomes for the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Parkview Health-Supply Chain Takes on Construction RFP and Bid Management

ISSUE A major lesson learned from Parkview Health System’s rapid growth expansion over the past several years was that there were gaps in transparency of construction bids, contractual requirements and invoice review with which Supply Chain could have assisted. SOLUTION Teams were assembled to conduct a gap analysis and develop process improvements for construction acquisition […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Virginia Mason Medical Center – Virginia Mason Memorial Supply Chain Integration

ISSUE With Supply Chain expenses for medical supplies, devices and implants hovering around 10% of an organization’s total net revenue, this is an area where economies of scale, negotiating power and collaboration come together to make healthcare more sustainable and cost effective. The Virginia Mason Health System is committed to taking advantage of these opportunities […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Miravida Living – Moving Procure-to-Pay Into the 21st Century

ISSUE With tightening budgets, Miravida Living was challenged with combining the purchasing efforts of its multiple locations. How could Miravida Living effectively decrease redundant inventories, optimize volume purchasing to obtain better pricing and reduce time-consuming manual input in their procure-to-pay system? SOLUTION By partnering with Inventory Optimization Solutions (IOS), an Intalere contracted supplier, Miravida Living […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-University of Vermont Health Network-Pricing and Efficacy Tool for Value-Based Product Selections

ISSUE University of Vermont Health Network wanted greater collaboration between clinicians and Supply Chain when making value-based product selections. SOLUTION University of Vermont Health Network addressed this issue by engaging with a technology and negotiation company to develop a mobile device application for physicians to view comparable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device costs and features. […]

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend By Chris Gormley, CEO, Medpricer, and Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere Purchased Services represent 40-50 percent of a health system’s non-labor spend making it a significant untapped opportunity to help healthcare providers meet their budgets in an era of declining reimbursements. But how […]

The Importance of Price Transparency

By Jim Webb, Executive Vice President, Business Development at BroadJump, and Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Product Management, Intalere Among the most critical struggles hospital supply chain executives face today is not truly knowing fair market prices for the goods they are purchasing on an everyday basis. This is due to a pervasive lack of information […]

Five Essential Steps to Positively Impact Your Bottom Line with Actionable Analytics

By Mark Whitman, Director, Supply Chain Diagnostix Services, Intalere Everywhere we turn in the healthcare industry today, we hear talk of “big data” and its growing and potential impact on healthcare delivery. The use of data will continue to grow as we move further and further down a path of pay for performance. Let’s look […]