Swine Flu and Vendor Credentialing: Part II

October 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm 3 comments

Last May in the Swine Flu and Vendor Credentialing post, we highlighted the new reality that a number of customer hospitals were email visiting vendor representatives to new H1N1 precautions.   These hospitals relied on their Vendormate registration files for current vendor contact information.    Most of these notes were gentle reminders of communicable disease best practices and basically read, “if you’re sick, stay home.”

With H1N1 still with us, hospitals are again alerting visiting representatives to new precautions.   Hospitals want to require seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations, but know that distribution issues make that impossible.   Instead they are requiring the immunizations or a mask when on site.

Most of these customers have adjusted their Vendormate-based program to communicate the shot or mask requirement and to track compliance. 

To reinforce the message, Vendormate badges at these hospitals now include a WARNING by the badge photo indicating that a MASK is required if the visiting representative hasn’t yet been able to complete the vaccinations.   This message is critical for the hospital staff to be able enforce the requirement quickly and effectively without interfering with the vendor’s business routine.

Entry filed under: Immunization Requirements, vendor compliance, vendor credentials, vendor management.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Markey  |  February 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I can not go further with this process until I speak with someone about this process. Please have someone call me at 937-609-2053, or give me your contact phone number.

    I need to know what hospitals does vendor mate cover in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & Pennsylvania.

    Do I have to take and pay for these course again, each year or this a one time event?

    With covering 5 different states and so many different vendor companies like yourself, one could go broke or spend many hours managing all the requirements one has to complete to keep in compliance with all the different hospital I deal with.

  • 3. Sid Smith  |  February 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I have taken both H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations. Unfortunately the cards that I received from the agencies who provided the vaccinations are not acceptable according to vendormate. The cards have the location of the facility, my name, the date of the immunization, and the type vaccine issued.
    What esle do you need?


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