Posted by: ihfgeneva | November 14, 2014

Transforming Purchaser/Supplier cooperation to improve healthcare efficiency: a global challenge

Conference, 4 & 5 November 2014, Beffroi de Montrouge (Paris), France

img1Key stakeholders and representatives of national and international procurement organizations, hospital supply chains, and industry and healthcare facilities were brought together in this unique forum, organised by the International Hospital Federation, to engage in direct discussion of needs and projects as well as to exchange and share experiences and accomplishments in purchaser /supplier relations. The conference was held in conjunction with the 4th session of “Les Journées de l’Achat Hospitalier, a national event organized by Resah-IDF (

In organizing the event, the IHF had the objective of ushering in new purchaser/supplier cooperation strategies to improve healthcare efficiency.

Healthcare organizations across the world are quickly reorganizing and pooling their procurement power, having recognized that strategic purchasing is the way forward in improving efficiency and promoting change in healthcare systems at a national and international level. Purchaser/Supplier relations in a number of countries have attained levels of maturity that currently warrant growth.


Roundtable discussion panel: What Do Buyers Expect?

The scientific programme of the event enabled participants representing 17 countries to engage positively and constructively in roundtable discussions on:
•      Emerging trends on the role of procurement to support improvement in efficiency and to enable better responses from healthcare organizations, as they face a major need for change in delivering patient-centered care during an era dominated by multi chronic conditions
•      Building the purchaser/ supplier relationship in healthcare procurement, and
•      Improving efficiency and promoting change in healthcare systems at national and international levels

Messrs Haroun (right) and Alame (left), President and Vice President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Hospitals
Messrs Haroun (right) and Alame (left), President and Vice President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Hospitals

 Key conference expectations, all of which were realized in varying degrees, included:
•      Setting the stage for a move towards development of new relationships between purchasers and suppliers;
•      Building cooperation between purchasers and suppliers to create value for the healthcare system of tomorrow;
•      Taking initial steps towards launching continuous dialogue under the auspices of the International Hospital Federation and active participation in/among members of its Group Purchasing Organisation – Special Interest Group.

Participants also expressed their appreciation of the extended networking opportunities presented through the social programme, involving a dinner at La Capoule sponsored by Mölnlycke Health Care.

Presentations of the roundtable discussions are available at:

For more information on the activities of the IHF GPO-SIG, please visit:


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