NOVAPLUS® Contract from Novation for Disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs Awarded to Welch Allyn

New contract provides broader product and standardization options, significant cost savings




"We are excited to work with Welch Allyn to provide the members we serve with an excellent combination of quality products and value to help support patient care needs"

Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, and Novation, a leading health care services company, today announced a new three-year contract for disposable blood pressure cuffs which provide exceptional value for hospitals and are designed to aid in efforts to reduce cross contamination risks.

The new agreement features several benefits to the hospitals that Novation serves which include the more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista Inc. By using NOVAPLUS, and participating in Novation’s IMPACT Standardization Programs™ and Pre-Commitment opportunities, hospitals have the ability to realize potentially double-digit savings over the previous blood pressure cuffs contract.

“We are excited to work with Welch Allyn to provide the members we serve with an excellent combination of quality products and value to help support patient care needs,” said Brent Gee, senior director, Novation. “Through our aggressive supply cost management, both organizations can deliver even greater value to health care organizations which are constantly challenged to drive down costs and increase quality in this new era of healthcare.”

Through the agreement, effective Oct. 1, 2014, Welch Allyn FlexiPort® blood pressure cuffs will be added to the NOVAPLUS product portfolio and IMPACT Standardization Programs. FlexiPort cuffs provide unique standardization options for hospitals to streamline workflow, improve inventory management, and help reduce the risk of cross contamination. The FlexiPort system enables virtually any blood pressure device to work with FlexiPort cuffs without the hassle of traditional cuff tubes and connectors.

“As the only supplier awarded a blood pressure cuff contract under the NOVAPLUS private label program, Welch Allyn views this as a way for every hospital that Novation serves to realize added value,” said Sean Karla, senior global category manager at Welch Allyn. “We will continue to offer our traditional (Trimline™ style) disposable blood pressure cuffs on this contract. The addition of the FlexiPort blood pressure cuff line to NOVAPLUS will provide hospitals with the ability to select the blood pressure cuff standardization solution that best meets their needs.”

About Novation

Novation is the nation’s leading health care services company, focused on revolutionizing operational performance for more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista LLC. Novation’s progressive approach to cost performance, data and intelligence, and integrated advisory solutions helps health care providers envision and advance new models of cost-effective, high-quality care. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Novation is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and twice has been honored with the Ethisphere Institute’s coveted Ethics Inside® Certification, and has been named four years consecutively to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list.

About Welch Allyn, Inc.

Since 1915 Welch Allyn has brought a unique perspective to developing diagnostic solutions by combining pragmatic knowledge with a visionary spirit of innovation and ongoing improvement. As a leading global manufacturer of physical examination instruments and accessories and EMR-connected vital signs and cardiac monitoring solutions, the company has a steadfast commitment to delivering superlative medical products, services and solutions that help healthcare professionals provide better care for their patients. Welch Allyn is headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. (USA) and employs more than 2,600 people in 26 different countries. Visit for more information. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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