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Owens & Minor Leverages GHX WebDirect2 To Streamline Processes And Reduce Costs Among Small- To Mid- Sized Supplier Base

LOUISVILLE, Colo. and RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the healthcare supply chain, Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI), a leading national distributor of medical and surgical supplies and a healthcare supply-chain management company, is offering its small- to mid- sized healthcare suppliers the GHX WebDirect2 web-to-electronic data interchange (EDI) solution. The GHX WebDirect2 portal enables suppliers with limited or no e-commerce capabilities to send and receive electronic transactions through the GHX Exchange, providing both the suppliers and Owens & Minor with a more accurate and streamlined procure-to-pay process.

Launched earlier this year, the GHX WebDirect2 portal enables smaller suppliers to connect with trading partners through the GHX electronic trading exchange without having to make major investments in equipment, technology and support staff. When Owens & Minor submits its purchase orders to suppliers via the GHX Exchange, those suppliers using GHX WebDirect2 can access the orders via this Web portal and respond with purchase order acknowledgments, advance ship notices and invoices. With GHX WebDirect2, suppliers can establish or extend their EDI capabilities and Owens & Minor can increase its EDI order volume while reducing manual telephone and fax orders. At the same time, Owens & Minor can reduce higher processing costs associated with manual orders and achieve greater order accuracy.

"By deploying GHX WebDirect2, Owens & Minor can work with its smaller suppliers to drive down the cost of the order process by supplanting previously manual ordering procedures with an effective EDI solution," said Rick Mears, senior vice president & chief information officer of Owens & Minor. "Cleaner, more accurate orders through the EDI transaction process will enable faster turnaround times that will benefit the healthcare providers who rely on our products."

The WebDirect2 solution offers smaller suppliers many of the benefits afforded by the GHX community, the largest collection of healthcare trading partners working together to streamline the purchasing and delivery of medical-surgical products. Purchase orders routed through the GHX Exchange are continuously validated and corrected by GHX Content Intelligence, a service that automatically identifies and replaces incorrect information using GHX-validated data and rules established between trading partners. The result is greater overall order accuracy and reduced manual rework, thus lower processing costs.

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