The wish list

Jan. 22, 2021

Armed with 2020 hindsight (pun intended), we acknowledge that the healthcare industry weathered the pandemic storm as well as it could, but it did seem to bring out a back-to-basics philosophy for the nerve-wracked Supply Chain that tried to keep pace like War Admiral chasing his nephew Seabiscuit at Baltimore’s Pimlico in 1938.

In a survey of Healthcare Purchasing News readers last year as a prerequisite to HPN’s October feature on “Future-Ready Supply Chains,” December’s “Healthcare Product Hall of Fame” and January’s “Healthcare Product All-Stars,” we asked readers the following question: If they were provided the resources to research, adopt and implement one or two technology-oriented processes, products or projects in 2021, which one or two would they choose? We gave them a long list of options.

With all the hubbub and multimedia hubbaloo about artificial intelligence, blockchain and 3-D printing during the last two years, we figured the results would be … predictable and ordinary.

Surprisingly, we were wrong. The three anticipated/expected leaders were nestled snuggly in the middle of the list. The leaders were more … dare we say it? Old school. See below for the results and ponder.

1.   Wearables (e.g., computers, sensors, trackers) … 40.0%

2.   Cybersecurity measure … 27.3%

3.   4-D barcoding and/or advanced RTLS … 25.5%

4.   Drones for internal/external deliveries/distribution … 10.9%

5.   Robotics/Robotics Process Automation (RPA) … 10.0%

6.   Artificial intelligence (AI) … 8.2%

7.   3-D printing … 7.3%

8.   Blockchain … 7.3%

9.   Internet of Things (IoT)/Machine-to-machine (M2M) interoperability … 7.3%

10.  Self-driving vehicles (e.g., AGVs, sensor-led tugs, etc.) … 3.6%

11.  Virtual reality (VR) … 2.7%

12.  Augmented reality (AR) … 0.9%

About the Author

Rick Dana Barlow | Senior Editor

Rick Dana Barlow is Senior Editor for Healthcare Purchasing News, an Endeavor Business Media publication. He can be reached at [email protected].