GHX Research Respondents Recognize Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital Operating Rooms in the “Stone Age”

GHX shares new independent research study of hospital senior executives
Louisville, CO — Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish in the decades to come. This is the troubling picture painted by results of a new independent survey released today by GHX.

The GHX survey of hospital senior executives indicates that operating room (OR) supply chain deficiencies have slowed organizational decision-making, increased costs and inefficiency -- and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care. (Click here to view survey infographic).

"Today there aren’t widely-adopted, end-to-end supply chain management processes for implantable devices as there are for medical-surgical supplies. As a result, the operating room has become one of the most siloed areas in a hospital," said Bruce Johnson, president and CEO, GHX. "Implantable devices are estimated to account for approximately $50 billion as a market segment. Lack of visibility and control over these devices cost the healthcare industry an estimated $5 billion per year from inefficient manual processes, and lost, expired and wasted product. Until suppliers and providers fully embrace technology to streamline processes and reduce waste, our nation’s healthcare system will never be able to lower costs for consumers in any meaningful way."

Key Research Findings:
Too Many Hospitals Stuck in the Supply Chain “Stone Age”


The Lack of Supply-Chain Visibility in the OR Comes at a High Cost


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"As an industry, we must commit to transforming healthcare by reducing costs and delivering more cost-effective, high-quality patient care," added Johnson. "That’s why GHX set out to achieve our ‘5-in-5’goal, which aims to take $5 billion out of the cost of healthcare during the five year program, ending December 31, 2014. Stripping out these unnecessary supply chain costs is the key to keeping time, money and resources focused on the patient."

The online survey was conducted December 4-13, 2013 by KRC Research. KRC Research surveyed 75 senior executives within hospitals larger than 125 licensed beds who have decision-making authority or influence related to the purchase and management of implantable medical devices in the operating room.

About GHX
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) is driving costs out of healthcare by transforming the healthcare supply chain. Working with providers and suppliers, GHX is accelerating change by providing a faster, more efficient and collaborative supply chain that will take billions of dollars out of the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit and The Healthcare Hub.