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GPO's & IDN's


Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO)


Group Purchasing Organizations are important entities that are created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses to obtain discounts from vendors based on the collective buying power of the members. Technically, a GPO can be defined as: “two or more independent organizations that join together, either formally or informally -- or through an independent third party -- for the purpose of combining their individual requirements for purchased materials, services, and capital goods.” Therefore, the main goal is to leverage this aggregated purchasing power to optimize cost reduction and value-added contractual terms and conditions from external supplier relationships.1

In healthcare, and specifically in laboratory settings, one major goal of the organization is to harmonize equipment, reagents, services and support across the entire organization resulting in improved efficiencies and an overall reduction in costs.





Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN)


An integrated delivery network (IDN) is a network of facilities and providers that work together to offer a continuum of care to a specific geographic area or market. The concept was developed in the 1980s and has since evolved to address common concerns, such as capitation, excess capacity, decreased margins and complaints from patients regarding access to healthcare.

IDNs include many types of associations across the continuum of care. The functionalities included in an IDN vary but can include acute care facilities, long-term health care facilities, specialty clinics, primary care, physicians offices, hospice care and home care services. Multi-hospital systems and mergers may be considered limited IDNs, since different entities are joining together to provide care. Some members of a network provide identical or complementary services to patients.

Growth amid such market expectations requires hospitals and health systems to deliver on three performance categories: 1) ensuring convenient access to services, 2) delivering high-value episodes of care through standardized, coordinated care, and 3) retaining patients in-network across sites and services. Through heavy provider alignment and the inclusion of a payer element, IDNs are positioned to pursue these three goals.2

In healthcare, and specifically in laboratory settings, one major goal of the organization is to harmonize equipment, reagents, services and support across the entire organization resulting in improved efficiencies and an overall reduction in costs.





Pictured above: Partnering with MedTest DX enables your organization to harmonize lab testing across your organization.


MedTest DX – the Preferred Provider for IDNs


MedTest DX offers laboratory solutions for laboratories, physicians offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, imaging centers and alternate care sites like UrgiCenters. We have the “RIGHT-SIZE” chemistry instrumentation to meet a laboratory’s low-to-mid volume and menu needs. Cost-effective and high quality reagents are manufactured in the United States specifically for use on our instruments or, as open-channel reagents on your current instruments.

As your partner, MedTest DX provides support and consultation during the sales process, installation of our instruments and reagents, customer training, technical support via telephone and on-site service if needed. Please visit our products and services to evaluate how we can help you achieve your goals.

1 Sheena Moore & Keven Gray, GPOs and Buying Consortiums Must Be on the Radar for 2011-2012, Spend Matters, 2012.
2 What is an Integrated Delivery Network, The Advisory Board Company.