Philips and Stryker team up to lower device costs, environmental footprint

Royal Philips has announced an agreement with Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions division to allow health systems engaged in single-use device (SUD) reprocessing with Stryker to purchase new and reprocessed Philips ECG leads for one low price. The Save Simply program is a unique way to simplify the supply chain, help drive down device costs, and lower the environmental footprint of care, expanding on the nearly $300 million supply savings Stryker delivers to U.S. health systems annually. The program furthers Philips’ ongoing commitment to sustainability as an integral part of the company’s business practices and its vision of improving the lives of 3 billion people each year by 2025.

“At Philips, we fully embrace sustainability, because we believe that using less is no longer enough and there’s always a way to make life better,” said Felix Baader, business leader patient monitoring, Philips. “To truly realize the benefits for society, we understand that we can do more by working together, and we strongly believe that through the use of technology and responsible leadership, we can help increase access to quality health care and improve health outcomes for all.”

“Save Simply is a major win for health systems in their battle to become more financially and environmentally sustainable without sacrificing quality care,” said Stryker’s Brian White. “The program concept was born out of our unrelenting focus on growing the savings and total value delivered by our reprocessing programs. We’re thrilled to have Philips as the program’s inaugural partner. The company’s agreement to have its new ECG leads supplement available supply of Stryker reprocessed leads is unprecedented and underscores health systems’ interest in device programs that deliver value.”

The supply chain is simplified because health systems can purchase new and reprocessed devices through one vendor (Stryker), utilizing one PO, for one low price. Additionally, they don’t have to worry about fluctuating reprocessed device inventory. All orders are filled with reprocessed SUDs first and supplemented by new devices, as necessary. The 100 percent fill rate guarantees predictable and sustainable savings while helping to divert waste from landfills.

The Save Simply program is available to hospitals that currently purchase Philips lead sets, IntelliVue trunk cables, adapters and MX40 adapters.

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