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SC Week Celebration Contest - Recognize your Department and Win Merchandise
In celebration of National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week), AHRMM invites you to submit a photo of your supply chain department leading change and provide a small description (300 words maximum) illustrating your department’s contributions to advancing the healthcare field. The most creative photo with an original and inspiring story about your supply chain department, wins!
Celebrate SC Week
The winner will have their submission highlighted in the member magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, and promoted throughout AHRMM communications. The winn ing submission will also receive SC Week merchandise for their supply chain staff!
To participate in the contest, email your photo and completed submission entry form to AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org by September 9, 2016.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for official contest rules and more ideas on how to celebrate SC Week.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED. Contest only open to individual employees and employee teams from the supply chain departments of healthcare organizations who are residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 21 years and older. Contest begins on or about 7/25/2016 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/9/2016. ARV of all prizes: $100. Subject to full Official Rules at www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek. Sponsor: AHRMM.

The Final Countdown to AHRMM16 Conference & Exhibition
This Sunday, AHRMM16 kicks offs with Pre Conference sessions followed by the First-time Attendee & New Member Orientation Reception and the Welcome Reception. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with over 1,000 fellow healthcare supply chain professionals at AHRMM16.
This year AHRMM16 is taking place in San Diego, July 31 - August 3. Register today for the full-conference program or choose from these convenient registration options to fit your busy schedule:
Includes all programs and events on the selected day (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday).
Exhibit Hall Only 
Includes admittance to the Exhibit Hall for the selected day only (Monday or Tuesday).
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Monday, August 1: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 2: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register Now
Do You Know the Candidates Running in the Board Election?
Voting for the 2017 Board of Directors kicks off on August 1, 2016 and ends on August 15, 2016. For the term beginning on January 1, 2017, there are two healthcare provider seats open, and one affiliate seat open. 
Who gets elected is determined by those who participate! Your participation is vital to the continued success of the Association. Get to know the candidates for the 2016 Election!
Please review the candidate profiles and personal flyers to make an informed decision when voting opens on Monday.

Term of the Month
Telemonitoring is a medical practice that involves remotely monitoring patients who are not at the same location as the health care provider. In general, a patient will have a number of monitoring devices at home, and the results of these devices will be transmitted via telephone to the healthcare provider. It is also a convenient way for patients to avoid travel and to perform some of the more basic work of healthcare for themselves. Some of the more common things that telemonitoring devices keep track of include blood pressure heart rate, weight, blood glucose and hemoglobin.
Take a moment to peruse AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Lexicon. Do you have a term to suggest to make this a more robust and valuable resource? If so, click here. We’ll provide the definition if you provide the term!

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on the Unique Device Identification System: Form and Content of the Unique Device Identifier (UDI)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft guidance document, "Unique Device Identification System: Form and Content of the Unique Device Identifier (UDI)."  The Unique Device Identification System Rule (UDI Rule) requires the label and device packages of most medical devices to bear a unique device identifier (UDI) in both easily readable plain-text and automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology forms. UDIs must be issued under a system operated by FDA-accredited issuing agencies (IAs). 
This draft guidance is intended to assist both labelers and FDA-accredited IAs better ensure the UDIs developed under IA systems are in compliance with the UDI rule.  It includes clarification on:
  • Two forms of a UDI;
  • Content of the UDI (including data delimiters that identify specific data elements within the UDI); and
  • Order of data in a UDI and UDI carrier (the means to convey the UDI and any non-UDI elements in easily readable plain-text and AIDC forms).
The FDA welcomes your comments regarding this draft guidance. The comment period closes in 60 days.
For more information about the Unique Device Identification System, please visit the FDA’s UDI webpage
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – July 25, 2016

CDC Issues Updated Zika Recommendations for Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released updated guidance for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus. Specifically, the guidance extends to 14 days the timeframe for testing the blood of pregnant women for Zika particles. Previous guidance had set the timeframe at one week; however, new evidence has found that Zika virus can be present in the blood for longer after symptoms begin, and that even pregnant women without symptoms can have evidence of the virus in their blood and urine. In addition, CDC released updated interim guidance for the prevention of sexually transmitted Zika virus based on the recent finding of female-to-male transmission of the virus in New York City. CDC continues to update its guidance, and AHA will continue to share information with the field as it becomes available. For the latest, visit www.cdc.gov/zika or www.aha.org/zika.
Source: AHA News Now – July 25, 2016

CHRISTUS Health Named Healthcare Purchasing News' 2016 Supply Chain Department of the Year
Healthcare Purchasing News named Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health as the recipient of its 13th Annual Supply Chain Department of the Year Award. HPN, which provides clinical intelligence for supply chain leadership in print and online, selected this international, faith-based health system’s Supply Chain team for its steadfast pursuit of greater corporate alignment, departmental facilitation, organizational influence, relationship-building and maintenance, resilience, and strategic and tactical vision. 
Under the leadership of Ed Hardin, System Vice President, Supply Chain Management, the team’s comprehensive implementation of value analysis, financial intelligence and product and process expertise enabled CHRISTUS Health Supply Chain to build solid relationships with hospital clinicians and C-suite executives.
CHRISTUS Health Supply Chain team will be featured in HPN's August edition, which will be distributed at AHRMM16 in San Diego, on Monday, August 1. Visit the HPN booth 532 at 3:30 for the award presentation and to meet with the CHRISTUS team.
Source: Healthcare Purchasing News – July 22, 2016

Infectious Disease July Update for the HPH Sector
Disclaimer: This open source information is provided for infrastructure protection planning purposes for the HPH sector and does not imply HHS or U.S. federal government action on any item. 

Clinical Alert
  • The CDC has issued a clinical alert to US healthcare facilities to be vigilant for an emerging multi-drug resistant yeast, Candida auris, reported to cause invasive nosocomial infections with high mortality. Read more about invasive candidiasis.  
Ongoing Escherichia coli Outbreak
  • The ongoing outbreak of E. coli O121 infections linked to four different flour brands from General Mills and affecting 20 states has prompted the FDA to release a warning against the consumption of raw cookie dough. Read the recall update or the FDA statement
Burkholderia cepacia Outbreak
Source: Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) – July, 18 2016

AHRMM Mentor Program
Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six-month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field. There’s nothing more valuable than experience, and AHRMM can help you make the connections you need to tap into the wealth of knowledge available in the healthcare supply chain. 
Learn more today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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