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UPMC launches supply-chain venture with IBM's Watson

UPMC launches supply-chain venture with IBM's Watson

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 07, 2016

UPMC will own the majority of the for-profit company named Pensiamo, which will manage a hospital's entire supply-chain operation, including sourcing, contracting, purchasing and payment for drugs and supplies.

Northeast providers form regional GPO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 29, 2016

Members of a Northeast alliance of health systems are forming their own group purchasing organization to better manage procurement and sourcing of supplies.

MedAssets-Precyse gets new name: nThrive

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 27, 2016

A year ago, Pamplona Capital Management acquired MedAssets for $2.7 billion, immediately selling off its GPO and performance-improvement businesses and merging its revenue-cycle management business with Precyse, its own brand. A new identity for the combined company was announced Sunday.

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2016

Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.

Providers, environmental groups launch 'green' purchasing co-op

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 17, 2016

Four major health systems have joined forces with two environmental organizations to launch a purchasing cooperative focused on “green” products that could compete with traditional group purchasing organizations.

Logistics: The next target in the war on device costs

Logistics: The next target in the war on device costs

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 07, 2016

Hospitals—having spent the better part of the past decade working with their surgeons to narrow the variety of cardiovascular, orthopedic and other implants used in their operating rooms—are now looking for new ways to cut expenses related to these high-cost items.

AmerisourceBergen sees a rough road ahead

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 05, 2016

Executives at AmerisourceBergen Corp. are concerned about the company's future, even though revenue growth was moderately positive this quarter.

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