Posted on March 23rd, 2017
Healthcare Finance has come out with a new article that profiles hospitals and how they can save millions of dollars with sustainability programs. Citing advocacy group Practice Greenhealth, the article points out that hospitals are the second greatest commercial energy user behind commercial food service, emitting roughly 8 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Hospitals also produce more than 4.67 million tons of waste every year and use 7 percent of the country’s commercial water supply. With a formidable environmental footprint, more hospital systems are focusing on how to reduce their imprints and save money.
SUD medical device reprocessing is one option that has saved $2.5 million in one year for the OR at the Cleveland Clinic for ‘the same clinical outcomes and it makes care more affordable’. Other solutions that health systems are targeting include operating room waste, energy efficiency, recycling and even zero waste printers. Read More.
Posted on March 20th, 2017
AMDR joined advocacy groups, non-profits and many leading technology companies and filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Impression Products in the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Impression Products vs. Lexmark. In its brief, AMDR supports the first sale or patent exhaustion doctrine. Through the action taken by filing an amicus brief, AMDR continues its commitment to promote the safety, savings, and sustainability benefits brought to healthcare by the medical device reprocessing industry. Oral arguments for the case are scheduled for March 21, 2017. Read more.
Posted on March 13th, 2017
The high cost of medical supplies that hospitals throw away is the focus of a new ProPublica article. The article examines evidence of vast waste in the healthcare system and the ways this waste can ultimately drive up healthcare costs for all. According to the article, “experts say the United States might be squandering a quarter of the money spent on health care. That’s an estimated $765 billion a year.” Combatting the waste, one shipping container at a time, are organizations like Partners for World Health, a nonprofit that partners with hospitals and medical clinics to collect medical equipment and supplies that would otherwise go to the landfill, and donate them overseas. The article goes on to cite other reports of waste (the $2.9 million in wasted neurosurgery supplies at the UC, San Francisco Medical Center) and points out how rural hospitals in the U.S. could benefit from receiving similar cast-offs from their wealthier counterparts. Read more.
Posted on March 3rd, 2017
MedTech Summit Preview: AMDR’s Dan Vukelich Talks Reprocessing, Europe & MDRs
Dan Vukelich, President at the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR), USA, who will be presenting at the MedTech Summit in June, explains that for single use devices: “Everything is set to change in Europe with regard to the reuse of “single-use” devices (SUDs). Practices vary by country. Some hospitals, such as in Germany, reuse SUDs under regulations. Others, such as France, have banned it altogether. The bulk of SUD reprocessing, overtly or covertly, lawful or unlawful, has been happening within hospitals. With the adoption of the MDR, a more harmonized approach is going to take shape which will, in AMDR’s view, steer hospitals to reprocess SUDs through regulated, commercial remanufacturers which demonstrate conformance to all medical device manufacturer requirements.” Access the complete MedTech Insight interview with Dan in the December 7, 2016 edition here (subscription required).
Posted on March 2nd, 2017
Single-use device reprocessing takes center stage this week as Becker’s Spine Review profiles the reprocessing industry with some help from Bill Scott of Stryker Sustainability Solutions. As one of the first original equipment manufacturers to enter the reprocessing market, Stryker serves over 3,000 hospitals and health systems helping them realize both financial and environmental sustainability. In 2016, Stryker’s reprocessing program helped health systems save $299 million and eliminate 12.9 million pounds of medical waste from landfills. SUD reprocessing is widely embraced by U.S. hospitals because it is a key strategy for achieving financial and environmental sustainability without sacrificing quality patient care. Stryker’s Bill Scott goes on to note that the SUD reprocessing industry wouldn’t be where it is today if not for FDA regulation. Regulation provided a strong foundation for dramatic industry growth, and helped the industry achieve an outstanding track record of patient safety. Even with the financial, patient safety and environmental benefits, there are roadblocks. To overcome these obstacles and maximize benefits, health systems should look for a third-party reprocessor that is committed to growing their savings year-over-year, does not limit the purchase of reprocessed devices, provides ample training and onsite support and will guarantee mutually agreed upon savings targets. Read More.
Posted on February 26th, 2017
10 Reasons Healthcare Needs Sustainability
In a recent GreenBiz article, Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard explores how healthcare can sometimes get in the way – paradoxically – of health and wellness. Pointing out that “there’s a global climate-change crisis, yet hospitals are the second-highest energy consumer of any sector and generate more than 30 pounds of waste per bed per day”, Howard outlines a call to action for hospitals to “walk the walk” of sustainability practices with 10 reasons to practice a better approach. From human health and the environment to employee engagement to cost savings, mission and ethics, Howard puts forward compelling and common sense approaches that can make a big impact. Read More.
Posted on February 17th, 2017
Dan Vukelich, AMDR President, will speak at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale for the quarterly meeting of the Arizona Healthcare Materials Management Association (AHMMA) on Friday, February 17th. The topic of the AHMMA meeting is Environmentally Friendly Purchasing & Sustainability, and Dan will present information on “Single-Use” Device Reprocessing and How to Maximize Your Medical Device Reprocessing Program. AHMMA is a diamond affiliated regional chapter of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Both AHRMM and AHMMA are organizations that support the healthcare supply chain and supply chain management professional.
Posted on January 18th, 2017
Sci/Tech Nation, based on data from a Future Markets Insights Global Analysis, reports that due to rising healthcare costs and the high price of medical devices, the demand for reprocessed medical devices is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period of 2017-2027.
The low price of the reprocessed devices is a major factor responsible for the rising demand of the reprocessed medical devices: reprocessed medical devices cost nearly 30% – 40% less as compared to new devices. Hospitals are the largest consumer segment of the reprocessed medical devices. The adoption rate of the reprocessed medical devices is witnessing significant increase among the hospitals a result of an increasing number of hospitals operating under limited budgets and long term cost efficacy. For instance, in the U.S. there are nearly 3,000 hospitals with medical device reprocessing programs.
The global reprocessed medical devices market is expected to witness robust growth over the forecast period owing to an emphasis on reduction of medical waste.
North America is expected to be the largest maker of reprocessed medical devices followed by Western Europe. For more information on the report, Read More.
Posted on December 29th, 2016
Practice Greenhealth has announced the availability of its 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report.
“Third-party reprocessing of certain FDA-approved single-use medical devices offers huge benefits to the hospital in driving down RMW tonnage and disposal fees while also dramatically reducing the up-front purchase cost for a reprocessed versus a virgin device (often by around 50 percent). It is important to note that there are two aspects to a reprocessing program—the collection of devices bound for reprocessing and the subsequent buy-back of the reprocessed devices. While the collection of devices for reprocessing can offer significant avoided waste tonnage, the bulk of the cost savings and environmental impact reduction is in the buy-back of reprocessed devices. Medical device reprocessing has continued to grow within Practice Greenhealth member hospitals as evidenced by the yearly savings and tonnage growth indicated…”
The report also notes that to maximize reprocessing savings, hospitals must remain vigilant in managing their program.
”…Purchasing reprocessed devices also requires considerable negotiation with suppliers—some of whom insert carefully written contract requirements for a certain portion of virgin devices that must be purchased for every reprocessed device bought back. Knowledgeable buy-back can sometimes be a slower implementation process. ….Supply chain leadership is key in negotiating these contracts.”
Read More. (full access for Practice Greenhealth members)
Posted on December 23rd, 2016
Source: Shawn Morgan, QWTJ LIVE
Zion Research has published a new report titled “Reprocessed Medical Devices Market (Cardiovascular Medical Devices, Laparoscopic Medical Devices, Orthopedic/ Arthroscopic Medical Devices Gastroenterology Medical Devices and General Surgery Medical Devices) for Hospital and Home Healthcare: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Segment, Trends and Forecast, 2015 – 2021”.According to the report, the global reprocessed medical devices market was valued at approximately USD 1.42 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach approximately USD 4.02 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of around 19.7% between 2016 and 2021…
The market is primarily driven by the increasing significance and need for medical waste disposal. Favorable government initiatives are another key driving factor for reprocessed medical device market.Moreover, the growing concern regarding high volume of waste and landfills generated globally is influential in shifting the focus towards reprocessing of medical devices. However, reluctance in adopting reprocessed medical devices may hamper the market growth within the forecast period. Nonetheless, reduced product pricing of reprocessed devices is anticipated to open up new growth opportunities in the near future…
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