2017 Predictions: How Consolidation Will Impact Hospitals and Health Systems

Swisslog Healthcare CEO, Stephan Sonderegger, outlines three key consolidation trends that will drive change in the year to come.


DENVER, Colo. (Dec. 14, 2016) – Swisslog, a leading supplier of solutions for medication and supply chain management in healthcare, shares CEO Stephan Sonderegger’s predictions for how the trend of consolidation will impact hospitals and health systems in 2017.

The article outlines three key areas where consolidation will continue to be a key strategy for addressing the challenges faced by health systems, such as growing patient access demands, rising drug costs, and amplified demands for improved outcomes and quality. These areas are:

  • Continued pursuit of affiliations, acquisitions and mergers and drive toward “systemness”
  • Supply chain management programs and consolidated service centers (CSCs) to drive operating efficiencies and cost savings
  • Pharmacy program consolidation and centralization to transform distribution and enhance system integration

“The changing payer mix is leading to shrinking reimbursement per patient, negatively impacting profitability. As hospitals and health systems struggle with these challenges, one strategy that continues to attract interest is the concept of consolidation and centralization, whether it be organization or service line driven,” explains Sonderegger. The full article  reviews current trends in consolidation and expectations for the future.

Visit the company’s website to read the full article and explore all the ways that Swisslog is investing in solutions that address supply chain challenges and create connections across the continuum of care.

About Swisslog

Swisslog designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation for forward-thinking health systems, warehouses and distribution centers. The company offers integrated solutions from a single source – from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behindits success are 2,500 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries. www.swisslog.com

Swisslog is a member of the KUKA group, a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions. www.kuka.com

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Editorial Contact:

Beth Riggio
Senior Manager - Marketing
Swisslog Healthcare
Phone: 303.373.7952
beth.riggio@swisslog.com