September 02, 2008 16:17 ET

VIEW(SM) Search Engine Optimizes the Accuracy of Capital Equipment Budgets for VHA Members

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - September 2, 2008) - VHA Inc., the national healthcare alliance, today unveiled VIEW(SM), a new, one-stop web-based search engine for capital equipment that is available for VHA members. VIEW is designed to help hospitals solve their struggle with developing accurate budgets due to the complexity and broad range of capital equipment categories and pricing.

VIEW provides members with the information necessary to improve the cost accuracy of forecasted capital equipment needs and benefit from the advantages of more accurate and efficient planning. Capital equipment includes big-ticket items such as MRI and CT scanners and smaller items such as defibrillators.

To offer VIEW to its members, VHA has partnered with two industry-leading organizations -- Attainia, the leading provider of capital budgeting and equipment planning software and MD Buyline, the leader in healthcare technology and information services.

VIEW users will benefit from:

--  Increased budget accuracy without changing member's current process
--  Information on over 24,000 items from 1,700 suppliers
--  Access to equipment list pricing, and Novation contract pricing
--  Group-buy opportunity alerts
--  Ability to print and include VIEW-obtained information in capital
--  Embedded access to MD Buyline reports for all MD Buyline subscribers

"VHA is excited to offer our members this effective and time-saving real-time tool that contains all the information our members need to help guide them through the capital procurement process," said Nik Fincher, senior director, VHA Capital Asset Services. "We want our members to be informed buyers. To VHA, the best member is a well-informed member."

VIEW provides the platform for VHA capital asset analytics applications and is fully complimentary with the other Attainia application available to VHA members.

About VHA - VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national health care alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 16 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 23,000 non-acute care organizations.

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