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Partnering for Good

By Bonni Kaplan DeWoskin, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

MedSpeed is committed to our mission to deliver health to the communities we serve every day, including times like today. With this mission at the top of our minds, our teams across the country are going to work to support those on the healthcare front lines amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In doing this we are of course focused on keeping our MedSpeeders safe and protected while they serve our healthcare customers during this population health crisis. At the same time, we are also thinking creatively about additional ways MedSpeed can help.

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Working Together During COVID-19

MedSpeed has been serving, and a part of, the healthcare community for 20 years. We, like everyone in the industry, are immersed in the current population health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As our customers battle on the front lines of healthcare, we are doing everything we can to support them. Our operations teams and LSRs across the country are working in lock step with our customers to reposition protective equipment where it is needed most.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week: It’s incumbent on all of us to work toward safer healthcare

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. And as healthcare providers around the globe work to contain the coronavirus, it seems particularly important this year.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is recognized and promoted by some important organizations in healthcare: the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Using Logistics to Meet Service Rationalization Goals

This year, MedSpeed will celebrate our 20-year anniversary. During these past 20 years, we have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding healthcare organizations and incredible, forward-thinking leadership teams who are all working together to transform the industry into something better, smarter and more efficient.

One of those customer organizations is OhioHealth, a not-for-profit health system that operates 12 acute-care hospitals and more than 200 outpatient sites, hospice, home health, medical equipment and other health care services over a 47-county area.

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Will 2020 be the Year of Healthcare Transformation?

Transformation. Disruption. Words used to describe radical change.

These same terms have been bandied about to discuss what needs to happen to the American healthcare system; change that makes for a demanding proposition and one that will require continuous effort.

A recent Op/Ed in Modern Healthcare by Jonathan Manis, SVP and chief information officer for Irving, Texas-based Christus Health addresses healthcare’s incomplete progression toward transformation.

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Why Every Week Should be Patient Recognition Week

Patients are (and should be) the basis for everything we do in healthcare. But in some ways, that wasn’t always so.

Twenty-five years ago, John O’Malley created Patient Recognition Week—which falls in this first week in February. Healthcare worker O’Malley felt it was important to recognize the many patients that healthcare workers cared for. His goal was to ensure that patients were recognized as the single most important aspect of healthcare.

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Healthcare Purchasing News interviews industry experts

By Bonni Kaplan DeWoskin

Over the years, Healthcare Purchasing News has examined freight and shipping. Recently, they took a look at intra-facility practices. I had the pleasure of being one of those interviewed for the article. Here are some outtakes from the article that not only spoke to what those organizations are doing, but how their approach is—in many ways—in sync with MedSpeed’s.

Third-party service companies can offer “a centralized view of same-day deliveries through systems, support and expertise that many healthcare networks lack internally,” noted Melissa Laber, general manager, OptiFreight Logistics, a Cardinal Health, Inc. company.

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Avoiding the Death Spiral

Why you can’t cost-cut your way to greatness

I write quite a bit about price versus value and how true partnerships look at overall value received in order to benefit both organizations. When both parties invest in improving and innovating the process and work collaboratively to develop the right cost structure, everyone can end up a winner. As Kate Vitasek notes In one of her recent posts, “Avoiding the Death Spiral,” “you simply cannot cost-cut your way to greatness.”