Our clients don't have to pull double duty by working with two different data sets
Raleigh, NC (Vocus) September 8, 2010
Thanks to a series of product enhancements and a successful pilot program, MediClick for the Supply Chain is now helping materials managers easily transition from account numbers assigned by trade partners to Global Location Numbers (GLN), the first part of a GS1 Healthcare US effort to standardize the healthcare procurement process.
By December 2010, each trade partner in the healthcare system needs to be ready to use GLN, a unique number that identifies them in all facets of the procurement process. For those partners who choose to use GLN, the unique number will replace the trade partner’s own identification number in all transactions.
But because not all trade partners will use GLN, MediClick, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions in the healthcare industry, designed its supply chain software so healthcare facilities can do business with trade partners who use GLN and those who don’t.
“Our clients don’t have to pull double duty by working with two different data sets,” says Don Boss, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy for MediClick. “Because we can turn GLN on at the vendor level, our system provides users with the flexibility of a transitional platform that simultaneously uses both GLN and trade partner assigned account numbers.”
MediClick enables organizations to transmit EDI and Fax transactions with either number attached.
One such organization already using such GLN transactions in MediClick for the Supply Chain is Allegiance Health, a 411-bed health system in Jackson, MI. As the healthcare organization that participated in a pilot program to test GLN readiness, Allegiance partnered with MediClick, the pilot’s software vendor, as well as a manufacturer, distributor and a GPO.
“MediClick played a crucial role in the success of the pilot,” says Dan Bissot, Supply Chain Manager at Allegiance Health. “Because of their agile development process, they were able to resolve issues quickly.”
Bissot anticipates that as more trade partners go online with GLN in December, the fruits of the partnership with MediClick will really pay off.
“We expect that utilizing the GLN will bring value to the healthcare supply chain and ultimately patient care,” says Bissot. “A fully integrated process will ensure accurate product delivery as well as more efficient use of data, which will improve the speed and accuracy of product recalls, manufacturer rebates, and contract pricing.”
In addition single database facilities like Allegiance, other types of organizations – such as self-contracting groups and other multi-database systems – will benefit from MediClick’s new GLN capability.
“If an organization has multiple databases, the MMIS has to match different numbers that represent the same vendor in each database in order to do comparative pricing,” says Boss, who is a member of the Application and Implementation Workgroup for GS1. “GLN is designed to make this comparative process more efficient.”
Such improvements are just the beginning of the benefits GS1 standards will bring to both single-database and multi-database healthcare organizations.
“This GLN process sets the stage for healthcare trade partners to implement Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), which will yield further supply chain efficiencies and patient safety measures,” says Bissot. The sunrise date for GTIN, which identify specific products and packaging, is December 2012.
--About Allegiance Health--
Allegiance Health is a community-owned and locally governed health system entering its 10th decade of serving the people of south central Michigan with local, high-quality health care. Comprised of more than 40 different facilities and 411-beds, the Allegiance Health System reaches residents of Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Ingham, Calhoun and Washtenaw counties and beyond.
Control of the healthcare supply chain begins with MediClick. Exclusively focused on hospitals and healthcare organizations, the Raleigh, NC-based company designs supply chain and financial applications for the unique needs of its customers. With a suite of innovative products – MediClick for Contracts & Analysis, MediClick for the Supply Chain and MediClick for Financials – the company delivers a comprehensive supply chain solution, driving significant cost savings and better decision making for healthcare organizations. MediClick helps hospitals take control of their supply chain. For information, please visit http://www.mediclick.com.