08 May 2003
British healthcare purchasers are "blazing an e-procurement trail", a pan-European study says.
But language problems and a small supplier market are causing Scandinavia to lag behind the rest of Europe, warns analyst firm Frost & Sullivan's report, E-Procurement Trends in the European Healthcare Market.
The UK and Germany are alone in conducting e-procurement for healthcare supplies, the study reveals. France, Italy, Spain and the Benelux countries are conducting trials, but Scandinavia has yet to move beyond the pilot stage.
The market was worth ?200 million last year, but will grow to ?33.7 billion by 2008, the report predicts.
Chris Cherrington, the report's author, said: "Inefficient funding has entrenched the attitudes of people dealing with procurement and a mentality of 'buy while you have the budget' is common."