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

dical 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

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