PVC, BPA, phthalates, and other materials are widely used in many medical products. While many companies are actively working to remove these materials from their products, health systems have struggled with how to reduce staff, patient, and community exposure risk by identifying and choosing products free of these chemicals of concern.
Until now, there has not been an easy way to collect and interpret these data to support this effort. This session will address all four perspectives from the value chain – explaining why these data are important to the industry, what it means to the supplier, the GPO, and the health system, and how a third-party vendor can help all stakeholders reach their goals related to environmentally preferable purchasing. It will explain the opportunities and the challenges to meeting these goals and highlight a case study to show how one health system (Mercy) was able to partner with its GPO (Premier) and a third-party vendor (MindClick) to use the data gathered from suppliers to purchase products with more sustainable profiles.
The session will begin with the MD suppliers perspective, then discuss the GPO perspective and benefits of using a third-party vendor. The presenter will then talk about the value proposition of EPP initiatives to providers, GPOs, and suppliers alike. Mercy Health will highlight why EPP matters, and how within the first year of their EPP initiatives – through collaboration with Premier, suppliers, and MindClick – they were able to establish a baseline, make rapid progress in achieving their goals in sustainability and value-based purchasing, and support the health of their communities.