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Practice Greenhealth is Greening the Supply Chain

Yesterday, I attended the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) annual conference.  A few really exceptional things happened.  First, HIGPA announced their new name – Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA).  Congratulations to the new HSCA on the exciting opportunities ahead of you!

Second, Practice Greenhealth announced the launch of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products (Version 1.0).  This provides a common set of questions used to guide the identification, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products.

More importantly, it will ensure that environmentally preferable products (EPP) are indeed available, cost competitive, of comparable quality and generate a sector-wide market shift in the direction of sound EPP practices.

The really exciting thing about the questions is that they were selected with input from dozens of organizations representing various sectors of the health care industry.  The initial endorsing GPOs, members of Practice Greenhealth, include: Amerinet, Inc., HealthTrust Purchasing Group, MedAssets, Inc., Novation LLC, and Premier, Inc.  Kaiser Permanente’s Sustainability Scorecard, launched in early 2011, significantly informed the development of the questions, as did input from suppliers, manufacturers, scientists, clinicians and available research.

Validating our program, HSCA (formerly HIGPA)announced its endorsement of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products yesterday!  HSCA’s commitment will ensure that by selectively choosing the medical products that enter hospital facilities, we will generate demand for safer products and services for patients, workers and the environment

As 17% of the Gross Domestic Product of the US, health care is a huge buyer of goods and services from furniture to medical devices. This is the first step toward helping the health care industry be a leader in signally the market that health care is committed to purchasing environmentally preferable products and doing less harm to the environment through our health care practices.

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