Broadlane Introduces The Preference Group™ and Broadlane Workforce Management™ at AHRMM in San Antonio

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Broadlane is pleased to announce it is a presenting sponsor at the 2008 Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, July 20-23.

Broadlane is pleased to announce it is a presenting sponsor at the 2008 Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, July 20-23. At this time, Broadlane will introduce its new clinical services consulting brand – The Preference Group™ – and new workforce management services brand – Broadlane Workforce Management™.

“AHRMM is a key event for the healthcare purchasing industry, which is why we are proud to be a presenting sponsor and introduce two important pieces of our business,” said David Ricker, president and chief operating officer, Broadlane. “While our core business is our GPO, we are excited to unveil our two new brands – The Preference Group and Broadlane Workforce Management. Our clinical consulting services and workforce management programs provide value for our clients. To continue to meet current client needs and to expand our market presence, we have clearly differentiated these brands from Broadlane’s GPO and other contracting services. I am looking forward to spending time during AHRMM discussing these brands and our other products and services.”

The Preference Group™
The Preference Group is Broadlane’s team of clinical experts who consult with healthcare facilities to develop and deploy clearly defined operational and clinical approaches to enhance resource utilization and improve operational efficiencies. Through rigorous and comprehensive processes, The Preference Group facilitates changes to reduce variability and unnecessary use, lower costs, improve utilization and enhance data management.

The Preference Group’s team of experienced healthcare professionals works with hospital leadership and clinicians to create and implement tailored operational processes and clinical strategies to achieve desired results. By continually working to deploy industry-leading solutions for the challenges that hospitals routinely face, The Preference Group consistently delivers significant cost savings and operational improvements. The Preference Group’s specialized clinical programs include – Medication Use Management (MUM), Orthopedic Management Program, Cardiovascular Management Program and many others.

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Broadlane Workforce Management™
Broadlane Workforce Management™ is the industry leader in contract nurse and allied agency management, sourcing and technology. Broadlane currently provides these services to more than 250 hospitals nationwide, collectively purchasing more than $600 million in clinical contract workforce through the Broadlane program from approximately 350 agencies.

Broadlane Workforce Management manages the strategic sourcing of clinical contract workforce agencies, provides active agency management services and deploys a proprietary, scalable, Web-based vendor management and internal shift management technology to provide a comprehensive approach to managing a hospital’s internal and external contingent workforce. Broadlane Workforce Management provides individual workforce management solutions for each of its healthcare customers to help optimize the quality and cost of clinical workforce from both internal and external sources of workforce.

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Special Broadlane Presentation
Les Popiolek, senior vice president, procurement services, will be presenting with client John Kott, director, materials management, MedCath, Inc., on “Hidden Costs of Procurement – Purchasing” on Wed., July 23 at the conference. Attendees will learn how centralized procurement can help streamline purchasing and increase contract compliance to achieve savings and reach the next level of financial performance.

Visit the Broadlane booth #1119 and Meet New CEO David Ricker
Please join the Broadlane staff at booth # 1119 at AHRMM. You will have the opportunity to meet David Ricker, Broadlane’s current president and chief operating officer and soon-to-be new president and CEO. You can also learn more about The Preference Group, Broadlane Workforce Management and our other offerings – capital equipment, contracting services, procurement services, informatics and client care.

We will have putters and golf balls on hand, so stop by and score a hole-in-one!

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare resource and materials management profession. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHRMM serves more than 4,000 active members. Founded in 1962, AHRMM prepares its members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through networking, education, recognition and advocacy. For more information, visit

About Broadlane
Broadlane is a leading technology-oriented healthcare services company that reduces cost and creates operational efficiencies for thousands of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers in the United States. Its core services include supply chain management and clinical workforce management services.
Broadlane’s comprehensive supply chain services include:

  •     High-powered national and custom contracting for supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment and purchased services
  •     Innovative Procurement Services and purchase transaction management
  •     Clinical Services for managing clinical preference items and operating room and cath lab spending
  •     Comprehensive Materials Management Services – including outsourcing
  •     Informatics – benchmarking, advanced analytics and reporting
  •     Supply chain technology and e-commerce

Broadlane Workforce Management™ addresses nurses and allied healthcare practitioners and includes:

  •     External shift and agency management services
  •     Internal shift management, including electronic shift auctions
  •     Regional nurse float pool management and internal agency management
  •     E-commerce workforce exchange linking healthcare providers, clinical staff and agencies, enabling efficient shift management and fulfillment and reconciliation

The Preference Group™, a division of Broadlane, consults with healthcare facilities to help manage the cost of clinical items and processes. The Preference Group’s specialized clinical programs include:

  •     Medication Use Management (MUM)
  •     Orthopedic Management Program
  •     Cardiovascular Management Program
  •     And many others

Broadlane's clients include leading providers such as Advocate Health Care, Ascension Health, Beaumont Hospitals, CHRISTUS Health, Continuum Health Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Kindred Healthcare, MedCath Corporation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Tenet Healthcare, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, US Oncology and UMass Memorial Health Care.

The company is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Oakland. For more information, visit

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