Something significant changed for hospital procurement leaders. A full 90% of them say they’ve changed their strategy to managing inventory in the past two years. That’s a powerful statement that what used to work no longer does.
A scan of the recent past would suggest what’s driving the change. A global pandemic increased patient demand on hospital facilities, burnt-out employees, staff shortages, logistics backlogs, and increased costs.
Something had to give. And give it has. Owens & Minor conducted a nationwide survey of hospital procurement leaders detailed in the State of Hospital Purchasing, in which 9 in 10 respondents said they’ve changed their approach, mindset, and priorities in reaction to historic global change.
Here are the key takeaways from a US study of hospital procurement leaders, conducted in conjunction with an independent research firm and AHRMM, the leading association of hospital supply chain and purchasing professionals
Strategies are evolving
Hospital purchasing leaders want more control over inventory
Cost control is the goal
Cost spikes are eating into hospital operations