Gainesville, FL – May 8, 2015 – The OPIE Choice Network of Gainesville, FL, and Streifeneder USA of Tampa, FL are proud to announce that they have entered into two new agreements. The first agreement makes Streifeneder USA's extensive product catalog available to all users of the OPIE Purchasing System as they become an OPIE Integrated Supplier. The second agreement involves a new contract award for the OPIE Choice Network's Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) through which Streifeneder USA is a preferred, non-exclusive provider of Mechanical Knees for all members of the Choice Network.
The OPIE Choice Network is focused on creating ways to use the distinctive data in the OPIE and Futura Systems to help improve the operations of O&P practices through collaboration. This new GPO approach is driven by the network members through a systematic, data-focused Product Selection Committee process. The end result of this effort creates a product procurement process that involves a three year partnership between suppliers in many different product categories and the collective purchasing of the members of the Choice Network.
"We have considered becoming involved with the OPIE System for many years," states Stephanie Olivo-Schulte, President and CEO of Streifeneder USA. "But with the development of the Choice Network GPO, it provided us with a very unique opportunity to work closer with the Choice Network members with our high-quality mechanical knee products. By moving forward to become an OPIE Integrated Supplier, we are also bringing our extensive product line to all of the OPIE and Futura System users throughout the US. This is an exciting move forward in our efforts within the North American market to educate practitioners more about our products and what makes our company different."
Mark Ford, President of The OPIE Choice Network, said, "This new relationship with Streifeneder USA demonstrates how manufacturers and practices can work together to support one another in a new, collaborative manner. By bringing together suppliers through the Choice Network GPO and the use of the OPIE Purchasing tools, we can create improved efficiencies for both suppliers and practices throughout the country. Our GPO process relies heavily on utilizing the data from our software systems to create a transparent process for suppliers and members alike. The collaborative nature of these relationships is an exciting step forward to use collective data in ways that benefit our members, suppliers and the profession at large."
About Streifeneder USA
Our mission at Streifeneder USA is to improve lives by providing unique, innovative and superior quality products. We strive to deliver a standard of excellence with the highest quality of materials and components necessary to construct the most innovative orthotics and prosthetics available. Our company's success will be predicated on our quality products, our exceptional customer service and relentless pursuit of education; allowing patients to understand that there are endless possibilities to aid in their injury or disability. For more information, visit www.streifeneder-usa.com.
About The OPIE Choice Network
The OPIE Choice Network is the next step in the evolutionary process of creating solutions to help O&P practices and patients. By developing a network of independent O&P practices from around the country, this uniquely designed organization stimulates collaboration, develops collective efforts for its members, and utilizes data to drive the entire O&P profession forward. For more information, visit www.opiechoice.com.
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