Northwell Health joins the IBM blockchain network

Northwell Health, New York's largest hospital group with more than 800 hospitals, has announced the use of IMB's Rapid Supplier Connect network.

Northwell Health joins the IBM blockchain network

IBM fighting COVID-19

Northwell Health, New York's largest hospital group with more than 800 hospitals, has announced the use of IMB's Rapid Supplier Connect network. The application uses distributed ledger technology (the IBM blockchain) to connect those companies that provide relief supplies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and their buyers completely free of charge. In addition, the Supply Chain Federation, made up of more than 200 members based in the United States, has joined the IBM blockchain network.

Phyllis McCready, the vice president of health and purchasing director for Northwell Health, explained in an interview with Forbes the difficulties that health organizations are facing when examining new providers amid the shortage of resources and added: " It is through the creation of our own group of purchasing organizations (GPOs) and the supply chain, and the joining of forces with non-traditional suppliers that we have maintained an adequate stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment. and supplies, so we are pleased to join IBM Rapid Supplier Connect."

The IBM Blockchain Rapid Supplier Connect network aims to streamline the incorporation of emergency providers through digital identity services that enable rapid background screening of each provider. IBM explains that: "Supplier organizations and government agencies face a critical shortage of supplies. In response, they often turn to new, untested suppliers." Each buyer will be able to access the information related to each supplier including commercial history and product listing.