Cardinal Health, the giant US group, has taken the top spot in Gartner’s Top 25 Healthcare Supply Chains for the fourth year in a row – despite having to absorb the loss of more than $20 billion worth business from Walgreens.
Gartner said Cardinal continued to have the widest breadth of any company in healthcare. “It is a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, retail pharmacy and a connector at many points in between.”
Mayo Foundation was second. Gartner said it was a model of consistency, combining the balance of high quality of healthcare scores and solid bond rating with top echelon peer and analyst scores. Mayo continues to demonstrate leadership in the healthcare value chain by retaining and developing top talent.
Intermountain Healthcare stepped up a place to third. “Intermountain represents one of the closest things to a literal ‘City on a Hill’ in the world of healthcare providers through its $40 million investment in its supply chain centre,” said Gartner. GlaxoSmithKline came in at number 23.
The Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25
1 Cardinal Health
2 Mayo Foundation
3 Intermountain Healthcare
4 Owens & Minor
5 CVS Caremark
7 Johnson & Johnson
12 Ascension Health
13 Advocate Health Care
14 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
16 Cleveland Clinic
18 Geisinger Health System
22 Providence Health & Services
24 Banner Health
“The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2014 reflects the metaphorical middle part of a marathon journey to build patient-driven supply networks,” said Eric O’Daffer, research vice president at Gartner. “The participants know the route, but the excitement of the starting line has worn off and a few aches and pains have set in. Each company knows the real pain is coming later in the race, and that the only path is forward — there is no going back.”