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What is a Group Purchasing Organization?

Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) save healthcare providers money by leveraging aggregated membership purchasing volume to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and vendors. At Intalere, we typically can save our members 10-15% on their purchasing costs.


How Does a GPO Work? 

  • GPOs are membership-based, leveraging collective buying power to help healthcare providers realize significant cost savings.
  • GPOs do not purchase any products. Instead, they negotiate contracts that healthcare providers can use for their daily needs.
  • At Intalere, we negotiate contracts with healthcare manufacturers, distributors, vendors and other suppliers based on the products and services that our members need.
  • After a group purchasing contract is created, you decide which product is most appropriate for your needs and make the purchase.

How Else Can GPOs Help Me?

In addition to helping our members immediately start saving on items they use every day, we work with them to:  

  • Standardize and streamline purchasing.
  • Reassign staff focused on purchasing to care of patients. 
  • Identify and implement performance solutions designed to improve clinical, operational and financial health.
  • Provide one-on-one Advisory Solutions.
  • Establish best practices and enable peer networking.



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Additional Resources

Read various GPO studies or about the positive difference Intalere is making in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) Annual Value Report 2019
This HSCA Annual Value Report, released in March 2020, confirms what hospitals, healthcare providers, suppliers and policymakers see every day--GPOs support emergency response, reduce costs, enhance quality, increase competition and drive transparency throughout the healthcare system.

Access this report.


A Qualitative Overview of the Expanding Value Proposition of Healthcare Group Purchasing Organizations | Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC

This study, released in October 2019, provides a real-time overview of the emerging trends in the GPO value proposition and tangible examples of the expanded roles GPOs seek to play as they move toward being trusted value-enhancing partners for their healthcare provider members.  

Access this report.

Group Purchasing Organizations: How GPOs Reduce Healthcare Costs and Why Changing Their Funding Mechanism Would Raise Costs—A Legal and Economic Analysis | Dan O’Brien, Jon Leibowitz, and Russell Anello

This report, released in July 2017, was published by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) and affirmed that GPOs save money for healthcare providers, patients and taxpayers; that GPOs promote competition in the market for procurement services; and that the current GPO funding model supports competition and lowers costs.  

Access this report.



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BYU Student Health Center

It’s never a question of size of facility or amount of the fee that the project will generate, the level of service from Intalere is always high. My challenge is always the most important thing to them.

Brad LeBaron, Administrative Director, BYU Student Health Center

Virginia Mason

Becoming an Intalere supplier was the easiest step of this engagement. Both of our organizations continually look for opportunities to provide new technologies, products and services for healthcare providers. This shared philosophy helped to solidify our partnership.

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Oregon Imaging Centers

The biggest thing is that it was just easy. They worked for us to make this happen…

Justin Thomas, Director of Human Resources, Oregon Imaging Centers