Cardinal Health has retained its position at the top of the annual list of the world’s best supply chains in the health care sector.
The company achieved the number one position in the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2014. It was able to maintain its rating, in spite of a major contract with retailer Walgreens.
Cardinal was followed by Mayo Foundation in second and Intermountain Healthcare in third place. Owens & Minor fell one place to fourth, with CVS Caremark in fifth.
"The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2014 reflects the metaphorical middle part of a marathon journey to build patient-driven supply networks.
“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,” said Eric O'Daffer, research vice president at Gartner.
The ranking is based on both financial performance and the opinion of peers and the research firm to come up with a composite score.
Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 10
1. Cardinal Health
2. Mayo Foundation
3. Intermountain Healthcare
4. Owens & Minor
5. CVS Caremark
7. Johnson & Johnson