Friday, June 28, 2013

HealthLeadersMedia: Why Vendor Credentialing is a Strategic Issue

Philip Betbeze, June 28, 2013
Intermountain Healthcare has become a big believer in automated vendor credentialing programs, not only as a patient safety and compliance issue, but as a way to make sure that vendors are meeting their business agreements.

Before 2006, nurses and frontline staff at Intermountain Healthcare's flagship LDS Hospital recognized it had a problem with vendor representatives going in and out of the hospital to service accounts and physicians. 

There was no way to know whether these folks had the required immunizations and background checks to allow them into sensitive patient care areas. So Intermountain cooked up a solution.

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