Are you ready for the FDA’s UDI mandate?

Q: What is the FDA’s UDI mandate? A: The FDA issued a final rule on September 24, 2013 establishing a labeling system for the identification of medical devices through distribution and use with a unique device identifier, or UDI. Q: How will this mandate be carried out? A: The FDA rule requires that the package […]

October 23, 2013

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Reflecting on AHRMM 2013

If you attended the 51st Annual AHRMM Conference in San Diego recently, you might have noticed that vendors representing inventory management solutions were more numerous than in previous years. This was confirmation for me that hospitals as a whole are putting more emphasis than ever on inventory control. Also, it shows that the market is catching […]

September 5, 2013

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The Crisis of Medical Billing Practices Today

A couple of articles published in the past couple of months about hospital billing have illustrated a great crisis of our modern healthcare system in the U.S. There was the very informative but disturbing article in Time magazine in March, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” by Steven Brill (, which made no […]

May 28, 2013

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VUEMED and Optimé Supply Chain team up

We’re very excited about our new collaboration with Optimé Supply Chain.  You may have seen on or on Yahoo! Finance that VUEMED and Optimé have joined forces to create OptiVue™, an exclusive Web-based software system that combines VueTrack™ and SmartANALYTICS™ (by Optimé). OptiVue™ is a critically important development because it solves the data problem that […]

April 18, 2013

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Collaborating with hospital IT departments

We were recently asked to share any particularly difficult experiences we’ve had managing an organization’s inventory. For us, the biggest challenges have probably been with the IT departments of hospitals. Whenever a hospital brings in a new technology to improve its clinical inventory management, there are always a number of IT hurdles to overcome at the implementation […]

February 27, 2013

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Patient safety – lessons from other industries

When I was at the OR Manager Conference in Las Vegas this fall, I met one of the OR managers who recounted to me his ordeal getting there from the East Coast. As this was a long trip, he had upgraded himself to first class and was just getting settled into his seat when the […]

January 30, 2013

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GI departments take control of their clinical inventory

We’re happy to report that GI departments are now enthusiastically joining the ranks of other specialty procedure areas – such as Cath Labs and EP, IR, and OR departments – in recognizing the need for greater clinical inventory control and supply documentation. Despite their being typically smaller departments, they use sophisticated and costly medical devices […]

January 10, 2013

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How to ensure accurate charge capture in hospitals

There have been a number of posts on the AHRMM (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management) listserve recently regarding the challenge of ensuring accurate charge capture. As former consultants and currently healthcare IT company executives, we see this problem at most hospitals. It stems from the fact that supply chain organizations depend on clinicians […]

September 4, 2012

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Reflections on the 2012 AHRMM Conference

As I’ve written about before, we commissioned a survey of physicians last summer, in collaboration with The Optimé Group – one of our supply chain partners – in order to evaluate physicians’ perspectives on their relationships with materials management and supply chain organizations, including with regard to product selection and purchasing decisions. At the recent […]

August 30, 2012

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GS1 Standards Alone Inadequate for Managing Inventory

There are some in the healthcare field who believe that when hospitals adopt GS1 standards ( and integrate them into their MMIS (materials management information systems), this is enough to control their clinical inventory effectively.  I argue that this is not a satisfactory solution to the challenge of clinical inventory management and documentation.  The adoption […]

May 31, 2012

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