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.


Baseline

Pledge to support Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) in contracting for, and to start purchasing applicable products based on, the environmentally preferred attributes in the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products.

Level 1

Commit to one of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing or electronic products environmental assessment tool (EPEAT) purchasing goals.

Level 2

Commit to two of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing or electronic products environmental assessment tool (EPEAT) purchasing goals.

Level 3

Commit to three of: Surgical kit review, single use device reprocessing or electronic products environmental assessment tool (EPEAT) purchasing goals.

A

Surgical kit review:
Review at least 30 custom surgical O.R. kits or 80 percent of O.R. kit types, whichever is greater in efforts to eliminate unneeded materials.

 

B

Single use device reprocessing:
Increase expenditure of reprocessed FDA-eligible single use devices by 50 percent.

 

C

Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT):
Specify and report expenditures on EPEAT registered devices.

 

Resources
File Name Download
Smarter Purchasing Fact Sheet.pdf Download File
Smarter Purchasing Overview.pdf Download File
Smarter Purchasing Measures.pdf Download File
Smarter Purchasing Measure Details.pdf Download File
Smarter Purchasing Numerical Examples.pdf Download File