STAMFORD, Conn. — Cardinal Health ranked No. 1 in Gartner's fifth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. Not including health systems, the top 10 included McKesson at No. 5, BD (6), Johnson and Johnson (7), Walgreens (8) and CVS Caremark (9).
The Healthcare Supply Chain ranking identifies organizations leading the way in transforming the healthcare value chain to meet new revenue challenges through enhanced service and lower costs with an increasing focus on improved patient outcomes.
"The Fifth Annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking is representative of all the main constituents of the healthcare value chain — manufacturers, providers, distributors and retailers," stated Eric O'Daffer, research director at Gartner. "The past couple of years have seen more large distributors and wholesalers investing in global growth markets that expand their scope and importance to the manufacturers. Likewise, retail pharmacies are vertically integrating supply chain while they position themselves as healthcare and wellness providers to their patient-consumers."
Cardinal Health took the No. 1 spot in the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for the third year in a row with strong peer and analyst recognition for the breadth of the company's capabilities across distribution and manufacturing. Cardinal brings together an expanding global presence and increasing vertical integration in the form of a manufacturer, medical surgical distributor, international sourcing company, pharmaceutical wholesaler and retail pharmacy.
"It is clear that the access to and management of data will increase in importance, enabling enhanced, operational supply chain capabilities" O'Daffer said. "It also is clear that supply chain will be at the center of the discussion, bringing together organizational silos no matter where they sit in the supply chain. Organizations that embrace supply chain as an enabler of profitable growth will thrive, and we expect the difference between the 'haves' and 'have nots' to widen in this area, further increasing the likelihood for consolidation."