The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 recognizes organizations that show leadership in using supply chain to improve human life at sustainable costs. Supply chain leaders in healthcare can identify improvement opportunities from the traits of these providers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
On November 16, 2017, Gartner issued a press release1 that stated: "Many questions regarding the future of healthcare are unresolved and likely will remain that way for at least the near term," said Mr. Meyer. "Despite this uncertainty, Gartner expects leading supply chains to move forward decisively and seek out willing partners, leverage digital technology, and obsess over their customers to find new ways to make their supply chains an essential part of the future of healthcare."
Supply chain’s role in healthcare is evolving from simply pursuing lower supply chain costs and improved service on an individual company basis. Now, collaboration and visibility are key. Partners across the healthcare value chain work together to lower procedure costs while improving outcomes. Providers work to understand and connect all the patient costs from preadmission to post-discharge care (see "Hierarchy of Healthcare Supply Chain Metrics for Integrated Delivery Networks Version 2.0"). Leading manufacturers build supply chain teams tasked with working directly with their customers. And distributors/wholesalers that have long provided the supply chain link between the suppliers and IDNs leverage their position to improve visibility and information flow.
Consistent with Gartner’s Top 25 research methodologies, the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking is derived from two main analyses: quantitative measures and opinion. Quantitative measures provide a view into how companies have performed in the past, and establish proxy connections between financial health, performance and supply chain excellence. The opinion component offers an eye to value chain leadership and demonstrated supply chain performance — crucial characteristics of Gartner’s Top 25 ranking. These two components are combined into a total composite score.
1 Gartner Press Release, Gartner Announces Rankings of Its 2016 Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25, November 2017
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