Addressing the need for traditional and non-traditional users of PPE to safely secure supplies
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the supply and demand of personal protective equipment (PPE). Hospitals face a critical shortage of masks, gloves, face masks, gowns and other critical supplies needed to safely treat Covid-19 patients.
In response to the need to accelerate this supply chain Merit Solutions has partnered with other industry leaders to create an app. HealthEquip™connects individuals and organizations that have PPE with the hospitals and other healthcare organizations that need it most.
HealthEquip, the leading app to speed donated PPE to healthcare organizations, now enables the procurement of PPE from trusted sources in the HealthEquip marketplace.
This marketplace is the first of its kind to provide seller storefronts, managed finance flows, ability to keep and update pricing and inventory information and have a shopping cart experience, all with designed-in consideration for FDA and CDC/NIOSH certification requirements.
“Expanding from a donor platform to a marketplace was the natural next step,” explains Bill Burke, CEO of Merit Solutions, Inc. “We are providing a safe, easy environment for buyers and sellers to digitally meet and transact, while removing a tremendous amount of time and cost. Transparent pricing, delivery terms, compliance information and seller performance from customer reviews enable sellers to build their brands and gives buyers increased assurance. Perhaps most meaningful to us is the ability for new PPE suppliers, including minority and women owned suppliers, to participate in the healthcare supply chain without significant barriers to entry. We believe this is the new way to buy and sell PPE, ensuring FDA and CDC certification requirements, and we are thankful to be in a position to lead its adoption.”
The marketplace is available to currently registered acute care hospitals and open to buyers from other segments such as behavioral health, ambulatory care, long-term care, shelters for victims of domestic violence and other supporting care, dental offices, businesses, K12 and higher education, front line workers, first responders, municipalities and businesses in the hospitality industry.
“As a PPE supplier, Textrade International is excited about the opportunity to establish a storefront on HealthEquip,” explains Pradeep Srivastava, Country Manager, Textrade USA, “We see the opportunity to reach more customers nationally, establish our brand through positive reviews, share FDA and CDC/NIOSH certifications directly through the platform with buyers. This eliminates extra time and steps because everything is handled digitally through the marketplace.”
For more information on HealthEquip including engaging to receive, donate or sell PPE please see healthequip.com
About Merit Solutions
Merit Solutions empowers Life Sciences Manufacturers and Healthcare organizations to become more efficient, manage growth and maintain compliance. An award winning, Microsoft Gold Partner, Merit specializes in the delivery of industry specific managed services including Merit for Life Sciences™ built with Microsoft Dynamic D365, and HealthEquip™, a smart application built on Microsoft Azure.