Randolph Medical Center, of Roanoke, Ala., recently saved more than 30 percent on a new computed tomography scanner, compared to the best price quote it received on its own, through the Live Group Buy offered by Dallas-based, supply chain services provider Broadlane.   

Designed to help providers acquire the best technology at the best possible value, the in-person, client-driven Live Group Buy determines and weighs the criteria used to evaluate the equipment and suppliers. Participants then engage in live negotiations and ultimately make a contract award.

“The savings exceeded our expectations,” said Timothy Harlin, chief executive officer of Randolph Medical Center. “We paid 30 percent less than what was offered through the best quote we obtained on our own. Not only did we get state-of-the-art technology, but savings of this magnitude allowed us to fund other needed capital equipment.”