In the past few days there have been multiple posts in my LinkedIn time line by health care systems celebrating their inclusion in the "Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2023."
About five months previously Gartner had a post related to their changing their measurement methodology for this recognition by adding an ESG (environmental, social, and governance) component. At the time I took a quick look at their methodology, and was surprised to find that . I commented on the entry, but it did not receive any response at that time and I forgot all about it.
Seeing all the recent entries on this topic reminded me of this, so I went back to view the methodology that was used to come up with the "Top 25" list:
The various components included:
- : This is listed as being based on IBM Watson Health Top 15 Health Systems Study. Further search on (Watson Health had been divested by IBM in 2022 and spun-off to a private equity firm, Francisco Partners, that renamed the company Merative) indicated that the measures used here included: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality, risk-adjusted complications, healthcare associated infections, 30-day mortality, 30-day readmissions, severity-adjusted length of stay, Medicare spending per beneficiary, adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, and overall HCAHPS patient rating.
- : Here they used S&P bond rating as a proxy.
- the Healthcare Anchor Network (" "), supplier diversity data to the HAN, and the HAN Purchasing Impact Commitment. A set of laudable goals no doubt, but not really any measurable results to demonstrate leadership in any ESG areas of focus! : This was measured by the organization to
- : 30% each from a 'Gartner analyst panel' and a 'Peer panel.'