Medline Joins Forces with Cloud-Based Software Provider Brightree to Bring Greater Efficiency to HME Dealers

Patients to benefit from seamlessly integrated ordering platform

Mundelein, Ill., April 16, 2015 – In 2013, retail spending for durable medical equipment reached $43 billion. With such high demand for products that help support the daily physical activities of many people, it is critical to ensure these products are openly available and accessible for patients. To help improve efficiencies and strengthen HME dealers’ competitive edge, Medline Industries, Inc. today announced a new integrated electronic purchasing partnership with Brightree®, the leading provider of cloud-based clinical, business management and billing software solutions for the post-acute care industry.

“To help relieve the financial pressures of reduced reimbursements, providers are constantly exploring opportunities to reduce expenses and streamline business operations,” explains Dave Cormack, president and CEO of Brightree. “This real-time integration with Medline enables Brightree customers to seamlessly order and drop-ship products from within a single interface saving valuable time, reducing operating costs and improving patient care with faster delivery of products.”

When a dealer creates a purchase order in the Brightree platform, a transmission is sent from Brightree through a secure FTP connection to Medline. This new electronic link between the two systems enables providers to view item availability and pricing in real time. In addition, they can perform one-touch drop shipments, receive automatic confirmations and submit purchase orders directly to Medline. Any dealer currently using Brightree can utilize the integrated e-purchasing feature at no additional cost.

“Now more than ever, dealers need to find ways to remain competitive and efficient,” says Dave Jacobs, president,

post-acute sales division, Medline. “This new collaboration is an innovative way to simplify the ordering process so dealers can get back to what matters most – taking care of patients.”

Dealers say timing is everything in today’s complex healthcare landscape.

“To me, e-purchasing’s greatest strength is patient care. Because there’s less room for error when streamlining orders, patients can get their much needed products quicker, resulting in customers getting better and faster care,” says Erik Mickelson, Team Lead/Assistive Technology Professional for Howard’s Medical, LLC in Yakima, Wash.

“There is only so much savings that can be recognized from volume discounts, stringent formularies and optimized delivery routing. Technology is essential in moving to the next level of savings without compromising the quality of the care provided,” says John Olivas, president, HomecareDimensions in San Antonio.

Click here to learn more about Brightree’s ePurchasing program or call 1-800-MEDLINE for more information about the new integration.

About Medline

As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical supplies and services, Medline offers healthcare products and services that drive value through tailored solutions across the continuum of care. Named one of the country’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” the company is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,200 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.comor http://www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels.

About Brightree

Brightree is the leading provider of cloud-based software to improve clinical and business performance in the post-acute care industry. The Company serves more than 3,000 organizations in the home medical equipment (HME), home health, hospice, orthotic and prosthetic (O&P), HME pharmacy, home infusion and rehab home care segments. Brightree’s solutions follow the natural workflow of providers to automate and improve how they manage their businesses, serve patients, and protect reimbursements. The company is ranked as one of the top 100 healthcare IT companies in the U.S. on the prestigious Healthcare Informatics 100 (HCI 100) list. For further information, visithttp://brightree.com or call 1.888.GET-BTRE (438-2783).

Brightree is a registered trademark of Brightree LLC.