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DoD and VA Recognize Innovative Healthcare Manufacturers for Excellence in Supply Chain Data Quality

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 Medical Directorate at the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. "Through their actions, they are proving that data synchronization between manufacturers and hospitals is beneficial to all parties and that immediate value can be realized."

Winners were selected based on multiple criteria that measure the breadth, quality and frequency of product data submitted in support of the DoD/VA internal data synchronization program and pilot DoD/VA Product Data Utility -- a single source of true, synchronized product information in the federal healthcare supply chain. Data fields evaluated included those that are most needed for efficient supply chain interactions, such as packaging levels and product descriptions.

"We are proud of the success of our internal data synchronization program, and look forward to the day when the entire healthcare supply chain leverages standardized, synchronized data from a single accurate source," said Kathleen Garvin, DoD/VA data synchronization program manager. "That day is getting closer, as leading industry organizations are moving to a consistent set of global standards. In today's economic climate, it is more important than ever for the healthcare community to use a single set of standards to take unnecessary costs out of our supply chain while increasing patient safety."

About DoD/VA Data Synchronization Program

The DoD launched a product data synchronization program in 2003 to improve the supply chain, reduce costs and ultimately to better support the warfighter. The VA has since joined these data synchronization efforts through DoD/VA Joint Incentive Funding. The DoD is also separately directing an industry pilot of the Global Data Synchronization Network(R) as a framework for a healthcare product data utility that could transmit consistent, accurate and synchronized supply chain data. For more information, visit

About Defense Logistics Agency

As a combat logistics organization, DLA is responsible for providing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. These services include procuring and distributing more than five million consumable items, such as rations, medical supplies and equipment, clothing and textiles, repair parts for land, sea and air weapons systems and platforms, fuel and energy services. DLA employs 23,000 civilian and military employees, with Fiscal Year 2008 business revenues of $42 billion. For more information, go to

About Defense Supply Center Philadelphia

Operating within the Defense Logistics Agency and the DoD, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia annually buys $13.4 billion worth of food, clothing, textiles, medicines, medical equipment and construction and equipment supplies and services for America's warfighters, their eligible family members and other federal customers worldwide.

About Veterans Health Administration

The mission of the Veterans Healthcare System is to serve the needs of America's veterans by providing primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services. To accomplish this mission, VHA needs to be a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that provides excellence in health care value, excellence in service as defined by its customers, and excellence in education and research, and needs to be an organization characterized by exceptional accountability and by being an employer of choice.

About the Military Health System

The mission of the MHS is to enhance the Department of Defense and our nation's security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to its care. The MHS provides medical care through a $42 billion dollar healthcare system consisting of a worldwide network of 70 military hospitals, over 500 military health clinics, and an extensive network of private sector health care partners. The MHS also operates the Uniformed Services University, a nationally recognized medical school and the TRICARE Management Activity, an agency that administers the health plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families, serving more than 9.1 million beneficiaries worldwide.

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