Swine Flu and Vendor Credentialing

May 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm 1 comment

Tracking the immunization status of healthcare industry reps (HCIR) in clinical areas is one of the main drivers of many hospital vendor credentialing programs.   But Vendormate has always recommended that health care systems think of the application as a vendor management solution, not just a clinical rep database tool. 

Now concerns about H1N1 (swine flu) virus have prompted a number of hospitals to leverage the unique communication capabilities of Vendormate VISION to alert all vendor reps to new temporary  procedures. 

Messages range from the gentle reminder to stay away if you don’t feel well to access lock downs.  Here’s one example:  

To all vendors visiting UMass Memorial Medical Center:

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1 “Swine” Influenza in Massachusetts. We are therefore asking all vendors to limit their visits to the medical center to those that cannot be reasonably postponed.  Also, if you or your staff are experiencing any of the typical symptoms of flu (fever, muscle aches, headache, cough, sore throat), please reschedule your visit or send someone else in your place.  This is especially important for all vendors who have staff routinely on site to deliver supplies and equipment or to service medical center programs.

I appreciate your cooperation. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

And one more: 

If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness please do not visit our facilities. If you have had the flu please postpone your visit until you have no more symptoms and it has been at least 7 days since the onset of your symptoms.  Sales related business may be carried out by phone or e-mail. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Self Regional Management

This use of the vendor database and communication capability of the Vendormate VISION tool may not have been the intended application, but may turn out to be one of the most powerful.

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