Every day, health care supply chain professionals balance a variety of factors when making product purchasing decisions. Providing quality patient care is paramount, but cost, value and employee health and safety are also important.
In recent years, sustainability has been added to the list of factors that health care supply chain professionals consider when making purchasing decisions. This has led to the shift towards environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP).
EPP specifically asks how much energy, water, and materials are involved to make a product. In turn, it also looks at the pollution, waste and emissions generated in the production process. All costs associated with a product's life are factored into purchasing decisions, including material extraction, manufacturing, transportation and distribution to the purchaser; the product’s use and durability, and its end-of-life considerations.