Vizient Launches Long-term Supply Assurance Services

Back in March 2020, America shut down as the rapidly spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus led to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vizient recognized the ripple effect caused by a growing pandemic along with historically low supply inventory and worked to find solutions to members’ growing supply shortages. What began as a crisis response has evolved into the Vizient Supply Assurance Services program, a long-term effort to develop strategies to assure members that supply needs will never again be severely disrupted.

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Fight to End Drug Shortages One Step Closer with 100 Million Additional Units of Essential Medication

Just like a “journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” the path for the Novaplus® Enhanced Supply Program to protect against shortages for essential medications should a supply chain disruption occur, started where everything begins…by securing the first unit.

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The Decline of Emergency Departments: COVID’s Impact on Where Patients Seek Care

Most health care services volumes are poised for a rapid recovery from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a shift in where care is delivered that began before the pandemic has only accelerated and is particularly impacting emergency department demand.

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TechFlash Reports Evaluate New Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Outcomes

A 50-year-old patient schedules their first screening colonoscopy. If a polyp is detected during the procedure, it will be removed. In a new paradigm, the colonoscopist uses real-time artificial intelligence (AI) as a “second set of eyes," analyzing each frame in the live video and alerting the doctor to a potential polyp. With combined vigilance, the detection rate goes up and the risk of cancer in the interval between colonoscopies goes down. Artificial intelligence is anything but artificial, and Joe Cummings, Ph.D., Vizient’s technology program director, believes AI technology is already transforming the delivery of patient care for the better.

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Vizient Launches Health Equity Leadership Series to Share Insights and Member Best Practices

Many events since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought attention to the longstanding and pervasive health inequities across the country. We have seen how significant the effects of COVID-19 have been on our country’s most high-risk and underserved populations, exacerbating existing health disparities. Vizient and member hospitals have identified these opportunities as a call to action and something to work on in a more intentional way.

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Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Essential Safety Measures and Cost Effectiveness

Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.

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The Future of Health Care: COVID’s Impact and the Change That Comes with It

For most of 2020, COVID-19 disrupted and significantly altered the infrastructure of the world’s industries, including health care delivery and services. But at what level can we expect health care to return to pre-pandemic levels? What are the long-term effects of the pandemic even as the virus generally abates while the new delta variant threatens? And what other drivers will factor into change? Here are several important trends along with what to expect.

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Transforming to a High-Reliability Health Care Organization: Moving from Theory to Practice

Health care leaders frequently state their organization is on a high-reliability journey—but why? The simple explanation is the desire to have more reliable outcomes and overall performance. Achieving high reliability in health care though is a challenge due to the complexity and the dependency on human factors. The good news is that other highly complex and risk-prone industries have had success achieving high reliability and they provide great insights for health care organizations. Here are four pillars essential for high reliability.

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New Vizient Data Estimates US Hospitals Spend $310 Million Annually on Management of 'White/Brown Bagging' Requirements for Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Vizient released an analysis which estimates U.S. hospitals are spending $310 million annually to manage additional work of white and brown bagging.

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Caution: Flu Season Ahead! What You Need to Know for the 2021-22 Influenza Season and Getting Vaccinated

As we move into the 2021–22 influenza season with a surge in COVID-19, vaccination against both viruses will be critical. Despite a good track record for flu vaccines, we can and must do better. As a health care provider, you have a unique opportunity to lead by example as well as dispel these and other common vaccine misconceptions. Here’s what you need to know about this flu season and the importance of getting vaccinated.

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