Mayo Clinic tops healthcare supply chain ranking

By Lucy Dixon
The Mayo Clinic has taken the top spot on the Gartner, Inc. annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The 2015 ranking recognises companies across...

The Mayo Clinic has taken the top spot on the Gartner, Inc. annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The 2015 ranking recognises companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient care and lowering costs.

"Alignment to patient outcomes, company strategy and future revenue models in healthcare are the key themes for 2015," said Eric O'Daffer, research vice president at Gartner. "We see innovation coming from mature supply chains that have stable organisations and strong talent. These organisations are most ready to successfully lead in consolidation and collaboration initiatives that will advance the healthcare value chain."

Mayo Clinic took the top spot after three years in second place – its supply chain continues to be a model of steady improvement for the $9.8 billion healthcare provider across 22 hospitals and associated care sites in five states. Mayo focuses on the strategic alignment of supply chain with the cost and quality of patient care through its one-year and five-year rolling strategic plan refresh process. The company has deep partnerships with strategic suppliers/service providers, and Gartner anticipates that Mayo will continue to build supply chain capabilities and innovate for years to come.

Cardinal Health dropped to the second spot after a four-year run in first place. As a pharmaceutical wholesaler, medical-surgical distributor, solution provider and technology company, Cardinal touches almost everyone in the healthcare value chain at some point. Cardinal continues to build on collaborative solutions with healthcare providers, retailers and manufacturers, as well as quickening the pace on acquisitions. Connecting the end-to-end supply chain with more owned manufacturing capabilities keeps Cardinal on the innovation frontier.

Intermountain Healthcare retained the third ranking for 2015 during a year of progress and change. Intermountain is a leader in organisational understanding that investing in supply chain people, process and technology across all non-labour spend contributes to the balance of patient care, cost and profitability.

"The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015 reflects the progress leaders have made in laying the foundation for future success," said Mr O'Daffer. "Supply chain leaders are educating their teams, trading partners and company leadership on the value of supply chain to improve service, lower costs, and enable growth and sustainable profits."

More detailed analysis is available in the report The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015. Additional analysis on the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 is also available in the complimentary Gartner webinar Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015.

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