November 04, 2009 09:00 ET

VHA DataLYNX™ Allows Hospitals to Perfect Supply Chain Information

Exclusive Service Helps Maintain Data Integrity, Reduce Supply Spend

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - As hospitals escalate their efforts to decrease supply chain expenses, VHA Inc., the national healthcare network, has launched VHA DataLYNX™, the newest component in its robust VHA SupplyLYNX™ analytics arsenal. Designed to help hospitals improve the quality of their item master, increase their efficiency and shrink their supply chain costs by linking data with insight, VHA SupplyLYNX helped hospitals save more than $700 million in 2008.

Using the industry's most robust data and applying open industry standards, VHA DataLYNX helps hospitals analyze, consolidate, categorize and classify their item master data to improve its quality and accuracy. This process allows hospitals to better understand their supply spend and initiate more efficient purchasing. Incorporating exclusive quarterly reports, VHA DataLYNX assures continuing data accuracy and ongoing cost-savings opportunities.

"Having an accurate and up-to-date item master is critical to maintaining an efficient purchasing process," said Scott Downing, executive vice president, Supply Chain Management at VHA. "The benefits provide the basis for an optimal supply chain model."

Hospitals that are using VHA DataLYNX benefit from increased labor efficiencies, a reduction in inventory levels and reduced logistic costs, all attributable to the improved quality of their item master.

"VHA DataLYNX is at the foundation of any analytical approach to managing our business. With accurate data, systems become integrated, information is consistent and operations become more efficient," said Joe Dudas, director, Accounting and Supply Chain Informatics, Mayo Clinic.

About VHA

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Formed in 1977, through its 17 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.

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