Elevating the Health of Healthcare

The purpose of this article is to provide perspective on the Intalere Group Purchasing Organization (GPO).  Intalere’s main goal is to elevate the health of healthcare through, materials management, inventory management, cost containment, and staff development.

Fifteen years ago, SFCCC joined Amerinet, now known as Intalere, so that SFCCC and its partner clinics can obtain cost savings in all areas of a facility’s supply chain from medical supplies, building maintenance to equipment purchases. 

Every year Intalere has a member conference where clinic staff members can network with other people of various healthcare disciplines and supply chain areas.  They have a supplier trade show where suppliers display various products that our clinic sites can use.  The member conference offers enriching, content driven education sessions which helps to increase and enhance knowledge of the ever changing healthcare market.  All the continuing education classes are approved by ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) and AHRMM (Association for Healthcare Resources & Material Management).  Purchasing Managers can learn about new contracts and discover new products and services to help their sites manage spending and optimize clinical outcomes. 

On a personal note, while attending the member conference in Las Vegas, I met a woman who works for Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.  Once learning what SFCCC does, via our Street Outreach Services Program in assisting homeless San Franciscans, she offered 1,000 units of body lotion for free and no charge for shipping.  This is a clear example of how Intalere members can interact with suppliers to nourish our collective passion for improving the health and well-being of member organizations and patients.

Last year SFCCC and Intalere hosted a training workshop to which many different department heads from all the SFCCC clinics were invited.  We had representatives from Intalere, HD Supply and McKesson who attended the workshop to explain what each company offers.  We had a high clinic staff attendance and we hope to have another training workshop in 2017.

When the Consortium promotes Intalere to our member sites, contracts usages increases and in return this increases the shareback that the Consortium receives.  All in all, participating with Intalere gives the Consortium and its partner clinics reduced cost for products, increased customer services, and great training opportunities. 

For more information on using Intalere and its services, please contact Guy Marston via email @ gmarston@sfccc.org, or via telephone at (415) 355-2223.