The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare resource and materials management profession. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHRMM serves more than 4,000 active members. CIHL received $50,000 for its initiative “Identifying Opportunities for Cost and Quality Improvements in Healthcare Logistics.


GS1 US™, a not-for-profit member-driven organization, administers the U.P.C. and develops worldwide standards and solutions for identification numbers, data carriers, electronic commerce, and global data synchronization. More than 200,000 GS1 US member companies now use open, global GS1 Standards to optimize their value chains and business processes. The first U.P.C. barcode was scanned in 1974, changing the way the grocery industry conducted business. Today, the standards behind the barcode have grown into the global GS1 System, used by more than 1 million companies doing business in 150 countries across more than 20 industries.

Johnson & Johnson Companies

Johnson & Johnson has become one of the most broadly based companies in healthcare over the past 125 years, touching over one billion people every day through products, services and programs. “We believe our partnership with the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL) at the University of Arkansas will help us prioritize and advance the most customer critical healthcare technologies in our Supply Chain” said Fred Wagner, Vice President of Supply Chain Customer Connectivity. “The partnership with CIHL will help ensure Johnson & Johnson remains at the forefront of this supply chain innovation, and we are thankful to be part of the collaboration.”

Owens & Minor

“As a leader in healthcare supply chain management, Owens & Minor believes there is a vital need for unbiased, analytically-sound research into the ways that the healthcare supply chain can be improved,” said Mark A. Van Sumeren, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. “Furthermore, the fact that this research is focused on solutions that can be implemented across the healthcare system, as opposed to focusing on “one-off“ or unique problems, lends greater credence to the entire venture. Owens & Minor values its partnership with CIHL in these research endeavors.” -- Mark A. Van Sumeren, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Owens & Minor


The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is collaborating with CIHL to foster benefits for the healthcare supply chain industry. SMI is a consortium of executives representing healthcare providers; medical products, pharmaceuticals and supply chain distribution companies; and service businesses united to reengineer and advance the future of the healthcare supply chain for the purpose of improving the overall healthcare marketplace in the United States. Through SMI, members have discovered an open, non-competitive forum for innovative idea-exchange and the development of collaborative process improvement initiatives.


TECSYS is a market-leading provider of supply chain execution solutions and industry-expert services to mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare, third-party logistics and general high-volume distribution industries. For over fifteen years, TECSYS has been providing distribution and warehouse management solutions to the healthcare industry; these include Fortune 100 manufacturers and distributors, as well as a number of IDNs (Integrated Delivery Networks) and third-party logistics providers in Canada and the United States. “Partnerships with innovative organizations support the TECSYS mission to help our customers leverage the full power of their supply chains and become increasingly competitive.” said Nancy L. Pakieser, Director of Product Marketing, TECSYS Inc. “CIHL provides solid, performance-focused research as well as implementations that reflect the day-to-day realities and have the power to elevate the entire industry. We are pleased to be part of this on-going program.”

Other Collaborating Partners

VHA, Inc.

VHA Inc. is a national health care provider alliance of more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and 21,000+ non-acute health care organizations. Based in Irving, Texas, VHA delivers supply chain management services to reduce the cost of health care and creates regional and national networks to help members solve key clinical and operational challenges. --Mike Duke, Senior Director of Supply Chain Services