Vizient, Inc. announced in a press release they have entered into a strategic partnership with Supply Risk Solutions to provide a database platform for the collection of healthcare supply pedigree data.
The partnership will provide automated supply chain disruption monitoring and risk prevention for Vizient members and is the latest effort by Vizient to increase supply assurance for its membership, which includes more than half the nation’s healthcare providers.
“Disruptions in the supply chain can lead to delayed treatment for patients in need," said Margaret Steele, senior vice president of med/surg for Vizient. "Our supply assurance strategy is to increase transparency for our members, and for all stakeholders in healthcare, to ensure continuity of patient care."
Supply Risk Solutions provides an encrypted platform that allows suppliers to store manufacturing pedigree data in a single location and authorize access to that data to multiple healthcare providers. The platform maps supplier manufacturing locations, automates disruption monitoring and tailors risk prevention measures. It will enable key industry measures such as:
· Standardization of product-level supplier pedigree data
· Capture of product and category level pedigree data from raw materials to finished product
· Automation of threat- and disruption-monitoring to accelerate identification of impacted suppliers
· Development and standardization of best practices for supplier responses to disruptions
“SRS bridges a gap between healthcare providers and healthcare suppliers, providing increased visibility into production of critical supplies and collaboration on risk management,” said Patrick Brennan, CEO, Supply Risk Solutions. “As we expand our supplier coverage through this strategic partnership, participating Vizient members will have the opportunity to access this information, helping to mitigate against supply disruption.”