Work in the medical field brings with it an undeniable amount of stress. Though extremely gratifying, interactions in a healthcare setting are often tainted by negative elements: recognizing and dealing with mortality, poor or deteriorating health and high treatment cost.
These emotionally charged concerns increase the possibility of confrontation, disappointment, and frustration for all people involved from the patients and their family members to the healthcare providers.
Jobs in the field of medicine are high demand (and high stress) occupations. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find yourself and your team working long hours or multitasking beyond a point that most individuals would be capable of functioning. This is often compounded by additional demands and criticisms leveraged against you or your staff by upset patients and overworked care providers. Using the phrase “stretched to the limits” definitely fits those in the healthcare industry.
Outsource the Burden of Safety Requirements
Being responsible for the safety requirements of a large healthcare facility with hundreds of visitors coming through the door every day can be an additional stressor. Your facility relies on hundreds of contractors, vendor representatives, and professional visitors, and you need to know they are properly credentialed to work in your hospital.
Tracking the credentials for so many support personnel can be overwhelming, so it’s best to rely on professionals whose sole designated responsibility is to address these needs. An easily realized solution is found in the use of a healthcare vendor credentialing system like ReptraxTM. You set the credentials and then our professional staff verifies the submissions of the vendor representatives. Professional visitors without current credentials are unable to sign in to your facility.
In a April 2014 article for Healthcare Purchasing News, Getting schooled about vendor credentialing, Brent Johnson, vice president of supply chain and chief purchasing officer for Intermountain Healthcare, discusses how outsourcing vendor credentialing benefits his facilities. He says “without the vendor credentialing companies…we would not be able to control vendor access to our facilities for both safety and contract management control.”
“We also have a need to curtail uncontrolled supplier access to hospital employees and management for the purpose of introducing non-contracted supplies and services,” he explains. “There are too many providers (6,000 hospitals) and too many suppliers (2,000+) to depend on ‘trust’ to achieve the same outcomes we get from utilizing vendor credentialing companies to help us.”
With the Reptrax system, you can relax knowing that only qualified workers are accessing patient areas, servicing your equipment, or meeting with your clinicians. Though we can’t take away all the stress, having a designated service capable of monitoring the credentials of vendors can provide relief for you and your staff as your facility delivers quality patient care services.
Adverse events cost an average hospital over $5.1 million per year! Can your hospital afford not to have a credentialing program?  Click here to download our white paper to learn more about the cost of not credentialing.

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