The American Hospital Association has launched AHA SmartMarket, a social platform designed exclusively for the healthcare field.
Designed to connect healthcare professionals with each other and the vendors who serve them, AHA SmartMarket is an interactive marketplace where medical professionals can search products and services, rate and review product performance, and collaborate with a network of trusted peers and experts.
AHA SmartMarket is a free service to all healthcare professionals working in hospitals, healthcare systems and similar care provider settings such as physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, surgical centers, outpatient clinics and ambulatory care centers.
“AHA SmartMarket is designed to help streamline decision making by putting me in contact with other CIOs and key decision makers so my staff and I can collaborate and learn the nuances of a specific product, service or issue,” Mike Smith, chief information officer for the Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Memorial Health System, said in a statement. “And, I can then very fluidly evaluate related products and services right on the site by reading the reviews and feedback from my peers.”
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