SOURCE: Novation

February 20, 2007 10:00 ET

Novation Offers Disaster Supply Needs Assessment Tool and Resource Guide

Resources Help Members Plan and Prepare for Disasters

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- Novation has released its Disaster Supply Needs Assessment Tool to assist alliance members in their preparation for disasters. The tool allows healthcare facilities to calculate the amount of supplies and pharmaceuticals needed in the event of a disaster.

Having the quantity of products estimated based on usage per patient is a key element when considering a supply list for disaster preparedness. The tool auto calculates supplies needed on hand based on bed count and/or surge capacity to care for patients for one week.

"Supplies are a major concern in health care disaster planning and hospitals need a simple method to calculate their anticipated needs and budget," said Christine Miller, senior clinical manager at Novation. "The strategy for product planning is to determine an ideal stocking level with increasing par levels over time, not stock piling. The process of slowly raising par levels allows for proper stock rotation and utilization."

"The tool works well and it really simplifies our process of determining what we need to have on hand in case of a pandemic," said Brian Griffith, materials manager at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

"Having the estimates of usage per patient is one of the biggest benefits," stated Jeff Lawton, corporate director of materials management at Eastern Connecticut Health Network. "Considering most of the people putting together the supply lists are non-clinical, the tool makes our job much easier."

In addition to the assessment tool, Novation has also created a Disaster Preparation Resource Guide, which provides resources to assist members in preparing to treat patients and protect health care workers in the event of a disaster.

"The health care industry is all in this together," commented Miller. "We all have to collaborate and share best practices because none of us is as smart as all of us together."

About Novation

Based in Irving, Texas, Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of VHA Inc. and the University Health System Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances. Through its competitive bid process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 500 suppliers, both large and small. By combining scale and agility with clinical knowledge and product expertise, Novation offers the most extensive range of innovative contracting services, including: contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management and online supplier connectivity. VHA and UHC members used Novation's contracts to purchase more than $25 billion in supplies in 2005.

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