Press Release

AHA SmartMarket Announces New Partnership With Illinois Hospital Association

Contact:          Jennifer Schleman, (202) 638-5491, jschleman@aha.org

Carly Moore, (202) 638-5487, cmoore@aha.org 

 

AHA SMARTMARKET ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH

ILLINOIS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

 

CHICAGO (November 18, 2014) – AHA SmartMarket, the new platform launched by the American Hospital Association, and the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) have announced a new partnership that connects local health care professionals with their peers and vendors.

 

AHA SmartMarket, a social collaboration platform developed exclusively for the health care field, is an interactive medium that enables health care professionals to search products and services, rate and review product performance and collaborate with a network of trusted peers and experts. Through AHA SmartMarket, IHA members can connect with local and national vendors who can provide effective solutions to challenges unique to their organizations. The social platform facilitates a collaborative environment where users can create a dialogue and establish connections.

 

“The AHA and our state association partners share a common goal of supporting health care performance improvement,” said Anthony Burke, president of AHA SmartMarket and AHA senior vice president. “By joining forces to offer one centralized platform that provides health care professionals a way to collaborate and direct access to vendors and service providers, we can collectively offer a simple way to connect market leading organizations while increasing the awareness of small and local companies.”

 

Illinois Hospital Association President and CEO Maryjane Wurth says, “Our members are in the midst of a health care transformation, looking for unique ways to reduce costs while continuing to provide high-quality health care. AHA SmartMarket is an excellent resource for our members who are continually seeking knowledge and insight to improve their delivery of health care and ultimately, better serve their patient populations.”


AHA SmartMarket is a free service to all health care professionals working in hospitals, health care systems and similar care provider settings such as physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, surgical centers, outpatient clinics and ambulatory care centers.

 

To find out more, visit www.AHASmartMarket.com.

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About AHA SmartMarket

AHA SmartMarket is a social collaboration platform exclusive to health care. It’s where leaders discuss challenges, share feedback on vendors and research products that best meet their unique needs. Informed product choices start with AHA SmartMarket. AHA SmartMarket is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. www.AHASmartMarket.com

 

About the AHA

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

 

About the Illinois Hospital Association

The Illinois Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., advocates for Illinois' more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems as they serve their patients and communities. IHA members provide a broad range of services – not just within their walls, but across the continuum of health care and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA members consist of nonprofit, investor-owned, and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety net, rural, critical access, specialty, and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. For more information, see www.ihatoday.org.

About AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

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