Dallas, TX (Vocus) September 15, 2008
Broadlane, the leading technology-oriented healthcare supply chain services company, is pleased to announce the newest version of its client portal, OnRamp™. Broadlane clients use OnRamp as the primary tool for accessing contract and product information, receiving relevant communications, accessing reports and more.
Broadlane's proprietary Contract Management System (CMS) was first released to clients in 2001. OnRamp was released in 2005 to provide access to relevant industry information, Broadlane news, additional applications and online reports. The new version of OnRamp released today integrates CMS with the OnRamp client portal for a seamless user experience. It also provides Broadlane the ability to index and categorize all the information, users and applications within a single, simple enterprise-wide directory.
"Our clients have enjoyed the benefits of OnRamp technology since its inception," said Tom Sherry, executive vice president, client care, Broadlane. "Our newest version offers a more unified user experience with client-centric self-service tools, actionable data intelligence and targeted communications."
Broadlane clients access OnRamp daily as a resource for help with materials management and procurement functions. OnRamp offerings include:
- Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Portfolio
This component provides access to Broadlane's extensive portfolio of national contracts with industry-leading pricing. It has more than 2.2 million catalogued products with more than 600,000 on contract. The GPO Portfolio also has enhanced search capabilities using the latest search engine technology for faster and more accurate contract, product and supplier searches. Tab browsing allows multiple searches in a single window, and contract alerts provide users with up-to-the-minute contract pricing and product updates.
- Transaction Management via BroadLink®
Broadlane clients can access Broadlane's e-commerce exchange BroadLink through OnRamp. BroadLink provides access to purchase order status, back orders, shipping details and price discrepancy information in real time. Price verification alerts also provide users with configurable notifications for pricing discrepancies.
The informatics reporting function, available within OnRamp, supplements and enhances Broadlane clients' purchasing knowledge. Clients can access reports related to contracts, capital equipment, pharmacy and other key area of spend management. Utilizing the informatics tool with BroadLink provides users detailed intelligence to reveal tactical actions to improve operational performance.
Clients can receive the latest Broadlane and industry news, vendor recalls and shortages and client-specific information. New forums enable Broadlane clients to present, discuss and share communication concerning new technologies, strategies and methodologies in a security-controlled environment.
Clients can continually gain knowledge and also earn continuing education (CE) credit by accessing online training through Broadlane University on OnRamp. Online and live training courses are listed, and CE credits are noted. Content includes clinical and non-clinical supplier-sponsored education, Supply Chain Education Program (SCEP) classes, nursing courses, pharmacy courses and leadership development.
"The OnRamp client portal is one of the most beneficial and well-used resources Broadlane offers," said Joe Fulmer, director of materials management, Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. "I use OnRamp daily for gaining contract information, obtaining the latest information and running spend and pharmacy reports. The capabilities this technology offers helps make our job easier by improving contract knowledge and streamlining our purchasing."
Broadlane is the leading technology-oriented healthcare services company, reducing cost and creating 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:
- Unparalleled 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 http://www.broadlane.com.
Media Contact: Jim Webb
jim.webb @ broadlane.com