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Broadlane's Live Group Buy Awards High-Field Open MRI Contract to Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.
Date:7/15/2008

Broadlane recently held its 2008 Live Group Buy for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Broadlane’s clients awarded the High-Field Open MRI contract to Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 15, 2008 -– Broadlane recently held its 2008 Live Group Buy for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Broadlane’s clients awarded the High-Field Open MRI contract to Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.

A clinical committee of radiology department directors, physicians, administrators and technologists from participating Broadlane client health facilities attended the event. ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization, served as an unbiased guest expert, offering equipment purchasing clients the inside track on the latest MRI equipment.

The Broadlane Live Group Buy process is unique within the industry. Participants determine and weight the criteria used to evaluate the equipment and suppliers. Participants then rate supplier technology, identify key operational support components, participate in live negotiations and ultimately make a contract award based on the technology, service and total cost of ownership.

Hitachi’s High-field Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. was the winner for the High-Field Open MRI category. Hitachi’s Oasis™ 1.2T High-Field Open MRI was chosen from a group of competitors based on assessment of technology, image quality, customer service, patient comfort and total life cycle cost.

As a result of the Broadlane Live Group Buy process, those clients who pre-committed to purchase a high-field MRI within the next 12 months will realize significant savings on their purchase.

"We are pleased to have been selected by Broadlane and its clients," said Sheldon Schaffer, vice president and general manger of MRI/CT for Hitachi. "Hitachi’s Oasis™ is a unique product that combines high field image clinical capability, image quality and throughput in a truly open environment. Oasis features Hitachi’s 1.2T vertical field magnet, powerful gradient system, Zenith™ RF system and combines this with an innovative design that provides 270 degree unobstructed view for all patients.”

“We are excited that, for the second year in a row, Hitachi won Broadlane’s Open MRI Live Group Buy,” said Jeffery Woodyard, vice president, supply chain services, Broadlane. “Once again, our live, interactive event resulted in our clients receiving the best technology and the very best value.”

Upcoming Broadlane Live Group Buys
Future Broadlane Live Group Buys include:

  • Digital Mammography – August 27-29
  • Cardiac Cath Lab and Angio Suites – September 24-26
  • Digital Radiography – October 29-31
  • Radiography and Fluoroscopy – November 19-21
  • you are interested in attending a Broadlane Live Group Buy or have any other questions, please contact Patricia Coffey at 972.813.7520 or patricia.coffey@broadlane.com.

About Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc.

Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. (HMSA) markets advanced diagnostic medical imaging systems of Hitachi Medical Corp., Tokyo, Japan. The company has more than 1,500 MRI systems installed throughout the United States and also markets multi-slice computed tomography and digital ultrasound.

Hitachi Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including health sciences, information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, visit http://www.hitachi.com.


About Broadlane
Broadlane is a leading technology-oriented healthcare services company that reduces cost and creates operational efficiencies for thousands of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers in the United States. Its core services include supply chain management and clinical workforce management services.
Broadlane’s comprehensive supply chain services include:

  • High-powered national and custom contracting for supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment and purchased services
  • Innovative Procurement Services and purchase transaction management
  • Clinical Services for managing clinical preference items and operating room and cath lab spending
  • Comprehensive Materials Management Services – including outsourcing
  • Informatics – benchmarking, advanced analytics and reporting
  • Supply chain technology and e-commerce

Broadlane’s clinical workforce management services address nurses and allied healthcare practitioners and include:

  • External shift and agency management services
  • Internal shift management, including electronic shift auctions
  • Regional nurse float pool management and internal agency management
  • E-commerce workforce exchange linking healthcare providers, clinical staff and agencies, enabling efficient shift management and fulfillment and reconciliation

Broadlane's clients include leading providers such as Advocate Health Care, Ascension Health, Beaumont Hospitals, CHRISTUS Health, Continuum Health Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Kindred Healthcare, MedCath Corporation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Tenet Healthcare, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, US Oncology and UMass Memorial Health Care.

The company is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Oakland. For more information, visit www.broadlane.com.

Media Contact: Jim Webb
Broadlane
972.813.7782
jim.webb @ broadlane.com

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