Vizient partners with Captis healthcare network to launch supply chain innovation programme

By Dale Benton
One of the largest member-driven health care performance improvement companies in the US has partnered with a network of member hospitals and providers...

One of the largest member-driven health care performance improvement companies in the US has partnered with a network of member hospitals and providers to create a centralised master tool for a supply chain innovation programme.

Vizient announced a statement this week that it has partnered with Captis, a healthcare organisation delivering increased clinical effectiveness and economic efficiency across the healthcare supply chain. Captis has over 70 health systems, 300 contracts in its portfolio and manages over US $8.9bn in annual member spend. Vizient joins the likes of Mayo Clinic Supply Chain and Mayo Clinic Clinical Quality Value Analysis.

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Following a rigorous vendor selection process, Captis members selected Vizient to develop the supply chain innovation programme. Vizient will leverage its supply operations solutions, internal supply chain experts as well as innovative technical capabilities to reduce supply chain costs through the streamlined platform. This capability for a group of integrated delivery networks (IDNs) is not provided by any other system on the market today.

“We are excited to be working with Captis to help them achieve their ambitious goal of significantly reducing costs within the healthcare supply chain of their collective membership,” said Steve Downey, group senior vice president, supply chain operations for Vizient. “Based upon this singular view of their supply chain, the manufacturing, storage, shipping and handling activities can be optimized to reduce variability and costs.”

Through Captis, health care providers will be supported with:

  • The negotiation and execution of contracts with health care suppliers
  • Arranging service contracts
  • Procuring contracts for others for the purchase of goods and services
  • Formulating clinical best practices
  • Clinical and supply chain innovation programs

“The Captis Supply Chain Innovation Program, is a multiphase project. This first phase will establish the technical functionality, business processes and support services needed to effectively create a virtual item master across our members, all of who now have varying systems,” said Brenda Peterson, vice president and general manager for Captis. “Our members are very innovative and strategic thinkers; the possibilities of what this program could do are endless for them.”

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