A lot of logistics goes on behind the scenes in hospitals. Doctors and nurses would not be able to do their jobs efficiently or effectively without the right supplies. All hospitals and healthcare facilities need distribution specialists as well as warehouse workers, couriers, purchasers, and supply chain management. It’s a competitive field and some companies excel more than others.
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Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 list for 2014 just came out. Cardinal Healthcare retained its spot at the top for another year, followed by Mayo Foundation and Intermountain Healthcare. The list is compiled by looking at the best patient-driven supply networks. Financial performance, peer review, and research done by outside firms are all taken into account when coming up with the top 25 list.
Here is Gartner’s list of the top 25 healthcare supply chains this year:
- Cardinal Health
- Mayo Foundation
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Owens & Minor
- CVS Caremark
- Johnson & Johnson
- Ascension Health
- Advocate Health Care
- Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
- Cleveland Clinic
- Geisinger Health System
- Providence Health & Services
- Banner Health
Gartner said, “The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 is about leadership. Every year we identify the companies that best exemplify the demand-driven ideal for today’s supply chain and document their best practices, which can help all companies move closer to their demand-driven goals.” Product procurement, manufacturing, distribution, and demand analysis are all part of the study.
Gartner’s results are published for other supply chain organizations to use as a pattern for their business model moving forward. The results are useful for all supply chains, not just in the healthcare industry. The goal of every supply chain should be to get products to customers as quickly as possible and at the cheapest cost, without sacrificing on quality. That’s what the top 25 healthcare supply chain list exemplifies. [/show_to]
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