Medical Center supply chain initiative wins national innovation award
Vizient – the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country – has recognized UVM Medical Center with a Supply Chain Management Excellence Award in Innovation for an effort using technology to work with physicians to maintain and enhance quality and manage costs.
Because we are able to consider device performance, size and cost across all our vendors, we can make better-informed decisions about which device is appropriate for specific patient needs. Charlie Miceli, UVM Health Network chief supply chain officer, says that “ultimately, this will translate to major cost savings and improved use of high-end technology where it is crucial to patient care and outcomes.”
This application was so successful that it is now also in use at UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York and UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont.
As a result of this work, UVM Medical Center was on track to save roughly $1 million in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017; Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is projected to save over $600,000 and Central Vermont Medical Center about $15,000.