Hospital Supply's Vapor Chain
E-commerce upstart Neoforma is leading a pack of companies trying to make money by helping hospitals to purchase more efficiently via the World Wide Web.
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Early efforts to define the opportunity for e-commerce identified the problem--an inefficient hospital supply chain--but failed to prove that e-commerce is necessarily the answer. Now, Novation and Neoforma, a leading hospital group and its e-commerce partner, have released an industry-wide look at Internet-enabled supply chain economics, done by consultants Arthur Andersen, hoping to prove the value to both providers and suppliers of widely implemented e-commerce.
This latest acquisition by e-health's MedAssets underscores how important established players like GPOs are in promoting an Internet-enabled hospital supply chain. In fact, MedAssets was arguably the first major e-health player to recognize that GPOs are not only vital for the base of customers and suppliers they bring, but can also be attractive sources of revenue.
Just when you thought the party's over in Internet-enabled e-commerce, Vamedis is staking a claim for leadership in Europe's B2B supply chain space. Over the past year, the European marketplace hasn't been much friendlier to dot-coms, particularly B2Bs, than the US marketplace has been. But far from a venture-backed start-up, Vamedis is banking on leveraging the entrenched market positions of seven of Europe's leading hospital supply companies.