Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi) is a vertically integrated accountable supply chain organization that offers a comprehensive and viable alternative to traditional group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Based in St. Louis, we focus on all aspects of the health care supply chain, from planning through fulfillment, to ensure our customers deliver the highest quality of care in the most cost-effective manner. We believe in the transforming power of provider collaboration, achieved through customer partnerships focused on streamlining and/or controlling critical supply chain elements, including contracting, sourcing, warehousing and transportation (when applicable), data management, clinical integration, and the overall accountability of daily supply chain operations.
Fifteen years ago, ROi was founded as the supply chain organization for Mercy—a Truven Top 5 Large Health System that owns and/or operates 43 acute care and specialty hospitals and more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy tasked ROi to radically rethink supply chain operations, acknowledging that conventional business practices were not producing expected and required results. ROi developed an innovative and transformational model that aligns supply chain services and GPO functions across the continuum of care, bringing together all relevant stakeholders. This model places the patient at the center while simultaneously recognizing the need to engage physicians and integrate systems. This radical approach has delivered more than $1billion in savings to Mercy since 2002.