Northwell Health, a New York-based health group with more than 800 hospitalshas joined IBM’s Rapid Supplier Connect network.
IBM Network is a cloud-based application that uses distributed ledger technology to help companies deploy corona virus tools connect with buyers.
IBM will make the Rapid Supplier Connect program available to eligible providers free of charge through August 31.
New York’s largest healthcare organization, the IBM Blockchain Network.
New York’s largest health group with 800 hospitals, Northwell Health has joined the blockchain-based network of buyers and sellers of IBM coronavirus supplies.
In an interview with Forbes, Phyllis McCready, Northwell’s Vice President of Health and Chief Purchasing Officer, highlighted the challenges healthcare organizations face when reviewing new providers amid the scarcity of resources.
“By creating our own group of purchasing organizations (GPO) and supply chains, and pooling forces with non-traditional suppliers, we have maintained an adequate inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) and others. We are excited to join IBM Rapid Supplier Connect,” he added added.
IBM Blockchain Launches Aid Provider Network from COVID-19
IBM Blockchain has established its Rapid Supplier Connect network to support and investigate providers who deliver the necessary emergency goods for coronavirus relief measures.
The platform includes digital identity services to optimize background screening of providers and offer onboarding of emergency providers. For buyers, the platform also provides a single platform through which information about a supplier, including product lists, can be accessed..
“”Provider organizations and government agencies face critical supply shortages. In response, they often turn to new, untested providers, “says IBM.”Identifying and researching these providers can be time consuming and consume critical resources“”
In addition to New York’s largest healthcare provider, the network of IBM welcomes the Supply Chain Federation with more than 200 members in the United States.
In March, IBM researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory released their AI brain supercomputer, the world’s most powerful. There he will conduct thousands of simulations to predict which drug compounds might be useful in developing treatments for the coronavirus.
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