Emdeon Gives Procurement a Shot in the Arm with Ariba

Healthcare revenue and payment cycle management solutions provider injects sourcing process with cloud-based applications to help identify savings

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – May 1, 2012 – As the single largest financial and administrative information exchange in the U.S. healthcare system, Emdeon understands the importance of leveraging technology to connect healthcare participants and simplify business processes. So when it came to enhancing the efficiency of its own procurement process, Emdeon turned to a company that knows it’s not what you know, but who you know and how you connect to them that drives improvements in productivity and profits - Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the world’s business commerce network.

“Like Emdeon, Ariba knows how to deliver solutions that impact the flow of information to help increase efficiency and maximize profitability,” said Steve Henderson, Vice President of Corporate Services for Emdeon. “Using Ariba’s cloud-based offerings, we can connect and collaborate with our trading partners faster and easier.”

Ariba’s solutions combine cloud-based applications with a community of partners and capabilities in the form of best practices, community-derived intelligence and other unique features and services such as analytics, preferred financing and ratings to help companies buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively.

Emdeon will leverage Ariba® Sourcing, a cloud-based application that enables companies of all sizes to negotiate best-value agreements for direct and indirect materials, to drive its procurement activities. This offering fuels a sourcing process that helps to deliver savings and efficiencies that positively impact performance and ultimately, the bottom line.

“By delivering solutions that connect healthcare participants and help make key administrative processes, such as managing revenue and payment cycles and sharing clinical data more efficient, Emdeon is simplifying the complex business of healthcare,” said Oscar May, Director, Healthcare Solutions, Ariba, Inc. “By implementing Ariba Sourcing, it is doing the same for procurement.”

Emdeon joins more than 60 healthcare organizations around the world who use Ariba’s offerings to manage their commerce activities, including:  CareFirst, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Five Star Quality Care, Inc., National Healthcare Systems Co., Ltd., Health Care Service Corporation, Amgen Inc., Genzyme Corporation, Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca PLC, MetLife, Inc., Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Sanofi-Aventis, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG and Roche Diagnostics Corporation.

To learn more about Ariba’s solutions and the value they can deliver to your organization, visit: www.ariba.com

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Ariba, Inc. is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at: www.ariba.com
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