Bupa focuses on online buying for medical supplies

22 August 2001
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23 August 2001

After successfully launching its e-procurement system for IT purchasing, Bupa plans a roll-out for medical consumables, such as gloves and syringes, to all of its 36 hospitals.

The private healthcare provider's annual hospital consumable spend, likely to reach about £400 million by the end of 2002, will be carried out online in its entirety from December, said Mark Ralf, its group e-commerce director.

Bupa, one of Britain's largest hospital groups, put all of its £80 million annual IT spend online in June.

"The emphasis has been on integration with back-end systems," Ralf said. "We have stayed away from marketplaces as we feel they are not suitable for us and didn't want online trading hubs. Our emphasis has been on unified requisition and payment systems."

No savings targets have been set, he added. "The key issue for us is compliance and control of purchasing, not a savings target. In some cases we will spend more with particular suppliers."


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