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DoD and VA Recognize Innovative Healthcare Manufacturers for Excellence in Supply Chain Data Quality
Date:4/7/2009

PHILADELPHIA, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have recognized seven medical/surgical manufacturers for contributing to the success of the agencies' joint internal data synchronization program. Through this program, which includes manufacturer contributions of clean, synchronized data, the DoD and VA have been able to save more than $32 million to date through product price reductions, including $11 million in 2008.

The manufacturers will receive the 2008 DoD/VA Award for Healthcare Product Data Quality in two categories:

  • Champion -- for manufacturers that meet the most stringent criteria. The 2008 Champions are BD and Sage Products, Inc.
  • Leader -- for manufacturers that meet data quality requirements at the item level - including coverage, completeness of packaging and frequency of updates. The 2008 Leaders are: Cardinal Health, Medegen, Propper Manufacturing Company, Retractable Technologies, Inc., and 3M.

"The DoD/VA awards honor our manufacturer partners who recognize the importance of consistent data and who are leading efforts in the industry to define the role of suppliers in data synchronization efforts," said Fred Downs, chief procurement and logistics officer for the Veterans Health Administration. "These supplier partners know the value of quality, not only in the manufacturing of their products but in describing them as well. They are committed to serving their customers, and to doing their part to improve the federal healthcare supply chain."

"Our healthcare product data quality winners are important partners; together we pursue our vision of improving patient safety, reducing wasteful spending and increasing the effectiveness of supply chain transactions," said Col. Marsha Langlois, director of the Me
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