An Approach of Purchasing Decision Support in Healthcare Supply Chain Management

Shah Jahan Miah
Victoria University, Australia

Kamrul Ahsan
Victoria University, Australia

Kabossa A.B. Msimangira
Northern Melbourne Institute, Australia

The aim of this study is to develop a conceptual approach of supplier selection decision support that promotes in-house methods of decision-making in the healthcare purchasing. Our approach is based on a decision support system (DSS) solution principle in which each selection component is assessed and supported by a new type of DSS model previously developed for rural industries. The study uses survey data to structure a decision model evaluated by a hypothetical case of procuring a hospital x-ray machine. We further demonstrate case data through the features of the DSS model. We believe that the proposed approach addresses a complex supplier selection decision in healthcare purchasing.

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