Smarter Purchasing

Smarter Purchasing

With 17 percent of the marketplace, health care wields major purchasing power.  This buying clout puts hospitals and health systems in an excellent position to demand safer, healthier, more environmentally-friendly products from vendors.

Yet few environmental standards exist for medical products. As a result, health care supply chain professionals must often go it alone.

Why Smarter Purchasing

Hospitals can leverage their collective purchasing power to generate demand for healthier and safer products

  • The health care sector represents 17 percent of the U.S. marketplace
  • Some products marketed to the industry generate unnecessary waste, contain hazardous materials or use excessive energy
  • Adoption by the health care sector will drive growing availability and adoption of smarter products

Review the Smarter Purchasing Resources for details of each level of commitment and data measurements required.


 

Level 1

Commit to one of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing, or greener electronics purchasing goals.

Level 2

Commit to two of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing, or greener electronics purchasing goals.

Level 3

 Commit to three of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing, and greener electronics purchasing goals.

A

Surgical kit review:

Review and reformulate (where appropriate) at least 80 percent of total O.R. kit types.

 
 

B

Single use device reprocessing: 

Collect and purchase 20 percent reprocessed pulse oximeters and compression therapy devices compared to total.

 

C

Greener Electronics: 

Specify, purchase, and report expenditures on greener electronics with a goal of 80 percent registered with EPEAT.