Distribution Partnership Leads to 10 Percent Cost Savings for Edward-Elmhurst Health

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Reducing medical supply costs is often part of a health system’s strategic plan, but a lack of visibility into product purchasing trends can put a hinder on standardization efforts. To enhance supply chain efficiencies at nearly 80 of its physician office sites, Edward-Elmhurst Health, one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois, launched a three-year distribution partnership with Medline that has resulted in 10 percent cost savings so far.

“Before our partnership with Medline, we lacked insight into product purchasing trends. We knew a culture change was necessary in order to meet our financial goals, but could only do that with a dedicated distributor standing by our side who could help us navigate our supply chain,” said Eileen Miller, system purchasing manager for Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Medline provides health system physicians with a robust portfolio of products and logistic solutions through the partnership to enhance patient-care solutions and cost savings, including Point-of-Care Rapid Tests and hand hygiene supplies. Additionally, Medline implements product fairs to help the health system’s management team gain a better understanding on the types of products their physicians prefer. To help efficiently manage and control inventory, Medline and Edward-Elmhurst are also working together through a cloud-based materials management platform from Hybrent that offers the health system a visible view into their product inventory, contracts, pricing accuracy and invoicing.

“Medline listens to us and always has a ‘how can we help you’ attitude. The strategic initiatives they’ve introduced address our specific needs. As a result, we’ve been able to drive down costs and bring in efficiencies that enhance our daily workflow,” Miller added.

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