MedAssets Supply Chain Systems Signs Contract with IMS for Instrument Services

November 09, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
IMS®, the InstrumentReady™ company, has announced that MedAssets Supply Chain Systems has awarded IMS a multi-year contract to provide surgical instrument repair, minimally invasive surgical support and central sterile process improvement to MedAssets' customers nationwide.

MedAssets Supply Chain Systems is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the U.S. and builds customized solutions encompassing procurement of common medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, physician preference supplies, food / nutrition items, and capital equipment.

According to Gene Robinson, President and CEO of IMS, "We are excited about demonstrating how our InstrumentReady approach to surgical instrument services is unique. By providing staff education, on-location support teams, online account information and repair history, we focus on making sure instruments and equipment are ready when the surgical team is ready. We provide services that increase efficiency for MedAssets' customers, going far beyond basic repair."

"The value of proactively managing instrument repair costs was a key component in the selection of IMS," says Karlee Koenig, Director, Clinical Supply Chain, MedAssets Supply Chain Systems. "Our goal is to help healthcare providers improve their margins, and IMS brings a refreshing approach to cost containment by being proactive and helping hospitals eliminate the causes of instrument repair."

About IMS - Over 2,000 healthcare facilities throughout the United States have partnered with IMS. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with labs in Florida, Alabama, and California, IMS employs more than 600 professionals nationwide. IMS works with facilities to maximize instrument performance, which can increase surgical caseload capacity while reducing frustration and downtime due to instruments that are not ready. To learn more about the IMS InstrumentReady approach, visit

About MedAssets - MedAssets partners with healthcare providers to improve their financial strength by implementing integrated spend management and revenue cycle solutions that help control cost, improve margins and cash flow, increase regulatory compliance, and optimize operational efficiency. MedAssets serves more than 125 health systems, including 2,500 hospitals and 30,000 non-acute care healthcare providers. For more information, visit