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.
14 December 2016
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.
Swisslog designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for forward-thinking healthcare systems, warehouses and distribution centers. We are a single-source supplier of integrated systems and services – from planning, design and implementation through servicing over the entire lifecycle of our solutions. 2,500 employees and customers in over 50 countries stand behind the success of our company.
Swisslog is a member of the KUKA Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions.