Managing hospital supplies: process reengineering at Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, India

J Health Organ Manag. 2006;20(2-3):218-26. doi: 10.1108/14777260610662744.


Purpose: Aims to give an overview of the re-engineering of processes and structures at Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI), Ahmedabad.

Design/methodology/approach: A general review of the design, development and implementation of reengineered systems in order to address concerns about the existing systems. Findings GCRI is a comprehensive cancer care center with 550 beds and well equipped with modern diagnostic and treatment facilities. It serves about 200,000 outpatients and 16,000 inpatients annually. The approach to a better management of hospital supplies led to the design, development, and implementation of an IT-based reengineered and integrated purchase and inventory management system. The new system has given GCRI a saving of about 8 percent of its annual costs of purchases, and improved the availability of materials to the user departments.

Originality/value: Shows that the savings obtained are used not only for buying more hospital supplies, but also to buy better quality of hospital supplies, and thereby satisfactorily address the GCRI responsibility towards meeting its social obligations for cancer care.

MeSH terms

  • Cancer Care Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Cost Savings
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital / classification
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital / economics
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital / supply & distribution
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Hospital Distribution Systems
  • Hospital Restructuring*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Inventories, Hospital
  • Materials Management, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Purchasing, Hospital
  • Social Responsibility
  • Total Quality Management