6 Medical Supply Chain Companies to Know

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Here are six key supply chain companies in the United States.

Amerinet is a group purchasing organization that aims at reducing costs and improving healthcare quality. It designs customized solutions for its members and collaborates with acute and non-acute care providers, such as hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, clinics and physician offices. More than 63,000 healthcare providers partner with Amerinet, including 2,754 ambulatory surgery centers. It includes a number of subsidiaries, such as Amerinet Choice, which is the company's own product line; DataBay Resources, a provider of healthcare market intelligence software; and Inquisit, which provides educational seminars and workshops for healthcare executives and managers.
DePuy Synthes Select focuses on delivering products and solutions solely to freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. The Select organization is a part of DePuy Synthes, a medical device company focusing on manufacturing orthopedic products. The company is positioned to address the movement of non-acute trauma procedures, such as distal radius procedures in the short term and procedures such as spinal fusions, vertebroplasties, kyphoplasties and joint replacements over the mid to long term.

McKesson Surgical is a healthcare services company that serves more than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals and 20 percent of physicians. Founded in 1833, the company includes more than 37,000 employees. The company delivers vital medicines, medical supplies and healthcare information technology solutions. It has two core business segments — distribution solutions and technology solutions. In 2012, it was ranked 14 in the Fortune 500 companies list and its annual revenue is more than $123 billion. It recently entered into the CommonWell Health Alliance, a collaborative effort among health information technology suppliers to reach common standards, improve interoperability and data liquidity.

Medline is one of the largest privately held manufacturers and distributors of healthcare supplies in the U.S., and it provides more than 350,000 products that serve the entire continuum of care. Founded in 1910, Medline has grown into a $5 billion global enterprise. Its portfolio includes a wide array of medical product categories, such as exam gloves, textiles, durable medical equipment, plastic patient utensils, disposable incontinence care, operating room kits, protective apparel, gauze, packs and gowns, bathing systems and surgical trays. Medline employs more than 9,000 employees worldwide with operations in more than 25 countries.

ProVation Medical offers innovative software solutions that aim to advance quality and clinical best practices. It is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. ProVation Medical's product portfolio includes ProVation MD, procedure documentation software, and ProVation MultiCaregiver, which aim at improving operational efficiencies for quality reporting, coding, billing and communications as well as ProVation Order Sets and ProVation Care Plans, that aim to provide evidence-based best practices to improve the standards and outcomes of care.

Provista is a supply chain improvement company with more than 80,000 non-acute healthcare facilities and more than 1,200 acute care facilities. It is owned by VHA and its agreements are contracted and managed by Novation, its contracting services company. Pooling Provista's purchasing volumes with those of Novation, they leverage nearly $43 billion in combined purchases. The company offers customers a competitive contract process and data-driven contracting decisions. It also includes an environmentally preferred purchasing program, which aims at educating customers about the economic impact of the products they purchase.

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