IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient Inc. believes the products purchased by health care organizations matter beyond just clinical outcomes and cost savings. Environmentally friendly and sustainable products impact the health of their staff, patients and communities overall. Currently, Vizient offers more than 36,000 Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) line items through its contracts, and today, the company announced an agreement with MindClick, Inc. that will help significantly increase that number and make it easier for member health care organizations to identify EPP products and the suppliers who offer them.
To support the growth of environmentally preferred products, ensure accuracy and up-to-date product environmental attribute information, and reduce the industry costs and inefficiencies associated with data collection, verification and reporting, Vizient has engaged MindClick for the collection of EPP information in connection with Vizient’s public competitive bid process. The agreement augments Vizient’s current EPP Program to provide third party verification of EPP attributes and the framework necessary for member health care organizations to implement and maintain successful sustainability programs.
“We are passionate about creating paths for sustainable health care delivery, and we are taking steps to expand the number of items available to our members to support their sustainability objectives,” said Brent Gee, associate vice president, Strategic Programs. “We are excited to work with MindClick and extend our lead in bringing EPP products and programs to our industry.”
MindClick will support the collection of EPP information in connection with Vizient’s public competitive bid process through its HCSP Index, a cloud-based technology solution that collects, verifies, rates, reports and analyzes suppliers’ item level EPP performance. The HCSP Index is based on the existing Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products developed by industry group purchase organizations in collaboration with Practice Greenhealth, and will expand to include additional sustainability questions as requested by health care providers, suppliers, purchasing influencers and decision makers.
“We are committed to rapidly advancing access to meaningful, trustworthy, and actionable information about the health and environmental impacts of a wide array of medical and non-medical products,” said JoAnna Abrams, chief executive officer for MindClick. “Vizient’s commitment and leadership enables us to provide a breakthrough in the current state of EPP. By delivering valuable analytics to health care organizations and their suppliers alike, the HCSP Index will help accelerate the contracting and purchasing of products that deliver on clinical outcomes, cost savings, and positively contribute to the health of our communities and the environment.”
Further information can be found at https://hcspindex.com.
About Vizient, Inc.
Vizient, Inc., the largest member-owned health care company in the country, is dedicated to serving members and customers through innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership and customer base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents almost $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as the recently acquired MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which includes Sg2. In 2016, Vizient received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.
About MindClick, Inc.
MindClick, Inc., the leader in supply chain sustainability data analytics, provides a full suite of tools and solutions used by global organizations to integrate health and environmental metrics into purchasing decisions. MindClick’s cloud-based solutions, including the Healthcare Sustainable Purchasing Index (HCSP Index) and the Marriott Supplier Sustainability Assessment Program (MSAP) for hospitality, deliver powerful analytics combining product sustainability performance ratings, procurement spend, and economic and environmental ROI measures to help organizations buy in ways that are better for the customers and communities they serve. MindClick’s big data solutions help procurement teams make more educated purchasing decisions, improve efficiency, reduce costs, and support manufacturer innovation. MindClick is based in Bend, Oregon and San Francisco. Learn more at www.hcspindex.com and www.mindclickgroup.com.