Cardinal Health has come out top in Gartner’s healthcare supply chain rankings for 2013.
It’s the third year in a row that Cardinal has taken the No 1 spot in the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.
Gartner said Cardinal was unique in bringing together, under one ownership structure, an expanding global presence and increasing vertical integration in the form of a manufacturer, medical surgical distributor, international sourcing company, pharmaceutical wholesaler and retail pharmacy along with a myriad of other services.
It was followed by Mayo Foundation in second place and Owens & Minor in third.
The study reflected consolidation that has taken place across the healthcare value chain in 2013.
“The mergers of health systems continued, with more than 100 transactions last year,” Gartner said. “Large systems are growing larger through acquisitions of physician practices, individual hospitals and integrated delivery networks (IDNs).
“Many organisation added complexity to their supply chain and were challenged by another set of integrations to manage. Distributors and wholesalers in North America have made strategic moves to expand their reach in core markets, as well as overseas and even integrated with key customers in some cases.”
Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2013
1 Cardinal Health
2 Mayo Foundation
3 Owens & Minor
4 Intermountain Health Care
7 Johnson and Johnson
9 CVS Caremark
12 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
15 Abbott Laboratories
16 Geisinger Health Systems
18 Advocate Healthcare
19 UMPC Health System
20 Cleveland Clinic
22 Boston Scientific
24 Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
25 Ascension Health
The rankings are based on Gartner’s methodology of combining business metrics with opinion from peers and Gartner’s own analysts.