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Firm focused on post-hospitalization gets a big customer

Read how Aidin, a health IT company focused on supporting hospital discharge, has added its 50th hospital customer: Lancaster  (Penn.) General Hospital. The 663-bed hospital is the first institution it is working with in the expanding University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Med City News reports that Aidin’s “approach is to make the process of discharging patient from hospitals to post-acute care providers easier and customized to patient needs. Its Software as a Service uses automation to make the process more efficient but the company also aims to help insurers keep patients within their payer’s provider network.”

Bundled payments give hospitals even more of an incentive to work with technology companies, such as  Aidin, to reduce the risk of rehospitalization.

John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, said:

“Our system ensures that patients get to the highest quality [post-acute] providers in those regions we serve. The big thing for us is we focus on creating competition for patient choice. Post-acute care providers are having to improve quality as increased competition improves the market,” he told MedCity News.

“Consolidation has reduced the number of companies shaping this health IT segment. Boston-based CarePort Health was acquired by Allscripts in October, focused on post-acute outcomes management by guiding patients to select care that best fits their needs, a management system with data and alerts; and an analytics component to evaluate performance of post-acute providers and patient outcomes.  In 2015, Cardinal Health subsidiary naviHealth acquired RightCare Solutions,” the news service reported.


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Maximizing the benefits of supply-chain management


In this Becker’s Hospital Review piece, two  Cardinal Health executives answer five questions about maximizing supply-chain management.

The introduction notes:  “The supply chain can serve as a critical strategic asset to a hospital or integrated delivery network when addressing the important initiatives tied to managing costs and quality of care. Hospitals should step back from pre-existing inefficient processes and workarounds and instead focus attention on leveraging automation and technology to drive efficiencies, lower costs and improve care quality” as hospitals and health systems move toward new payment models.

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Growing hospital systems face new supply-chain challenges


Hospital systems that have grown fast by buying physician practices and outpatient-treatment centers have had their hands full trying to integrate them into their existing supply-chain distribution systems as they seek  to apply the low prices  from  bulk purchasing to geographically dispersed facilities.

Modern Healthcare reports that the challenge has led some “supply-chain officials to serve their expanded network’s need for drugs, vaccines, tests and other supplies from their own warehouses. They are saving money by buying in bulk and creating, in effect, a van-based distribution system to replace the services offered by distributors such as Henry Schein Inc. or McKesson Corp., which specialize in shipping to physician offices and other non-acute locations.”

“But others have chosen to outsource distribution. That often means their newly acquired facilities continue their long-standing relationships with existing distributors, who for years have specialized in serving the geographically dispersed physician and ambulatory surgical center market. But sometimes they forge new relationships to capitalize on growing competition in distribution, which can even come from combined manufacturer-distributors such as Medline Industries or Cardinal Health,” the publication reports.

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