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UHC Launches Analytics Mobile App to Help Members Improve Supply Chain Return on Investment
Date:9/26/2011

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC, an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers, announces the launch of a mobile analytics application for SpendLINK®, UHC's proprietary suite of tools. The mobile app provides a subset of SpendLINK® reports that can be accessed via an Apple iPad.

The application, developed by Novation, UHC's supply contracting company, allows users to quickly access information to support strategic purchasing decisions and provides on-demand visibility into price benchmarking. The app is available only to UHC supply chain members, all of whom are using SpendLINK®, a Web-based tool that integrates clinical and supply data for a comprehensive view of a hospital's supply expenses across the continuum of care.

"In the current climate of health care reform, it's critical to be able to access accurate and complete data in order to make strategic purchasing decisions," said Jake Groenewold, UHC's senior vice president, Supply Chain. "SpendLINK® has been instrumental in helping hospital executives and supply chain administrators do that. These 'on-the-go' reports make it even easier for hospital personnel to manage their supply chain and improve performance."

The reports available on the mobile application are:

Price Benchmarking: Allows members to view their pricing and expenditures against those of 1,400 other hospitals. Intuitive dashboards allow users to view price performance, cost-saving opportunities, and price trends.

Price Leveling: Highlights products that are purchased by more than 1 hospital across a system (or integrated delivery network) where prices are not standardized, to show opportunities for savings.

Budget Impact Report: Illustrates pricing trends for the upcoming year by contract and spend category. The report offers projections on the cost of the raw materials needed to manufacture a gi
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