GHX Educational Paper Defines the Perfect Physician Preference Item Order

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Part two in a series of free papers for the healthcare community about issues spanning implantable device management.

The second in a series of educational papers about the implantable device industry, GHX has released “Defining the Perfect Physician Preference Item (PPI) Order.” The paper, available now for free download, focuses on the findings of the GHX Advisory Board PPI Work Group and provides best practice recommendations to help healthcare organizations achieve the perfect PPI order for implantable devices.

The healthcare industry has long strived for the “perfect order” – one that is processed electronically with the right product delivered to the right place, at the right time, the first time. As healthcare-trading partners increasingly adopt electronic, automated systems, the path to the perfect order in the medical-surgical supply chain has become clearer. But for PPIs, which are part of the larger implantable device supply chain (IDSC), the process is hugely inefficient, manual and disjointed. In fact, GHX research suggests that less than 20 percent of healthcare providers are sending electronic purchase orders for these types of devices.

In Part Two of the series, the paper covers the PPI Work Group’s research into current practices in the IDSC order process for both suppliers and providers, and offers recommendations on how to achieve the perfect PPI order to drive increased operational and financial performance for all parties.

In an effort to create the industry’s first implantable device supply chain solution, GHX has formed an Industry Advisory Board comprised of some of the leading healthcare providers and manufacturers. The findings in the GHX educational papers stem from advisory board member organizations’ designated subject matter experts, as well as more than 18 months of research and 600 interviews with healthcare organizations across the United States.

Visit the GHX Implantable Device Supply Chain resource center to download the educational papers and to learn more: http://www.ghx.com/about-ghx/the-implantable-device-supply-chain.aspx

About GHX:
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX), a healthcare technology and services company, helps reduce the cost of doing business in healthcare by enabling better supply chain management. GHX makes it easier for hospitals, other healthcare providers and the suppliers that do business with them to drive cost and inefficiency out of their processes. Working with GHX, the healthcare organizations that make up the GHX Global Network are on track to save $5 billion by 2014 – savings that can be invested in such things as hiring more nurses, providing care to uninsured children or developing new medical products. GHX is owned by organizations on both the buy- and sell-side of the healthcare supply chain, including some of the largest companies in the world.

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