Streamlining Capital Planning and Equipment Purchasing with OpenMarkets: A Seamless Integration with ERP Platforms

In the dynamic and demanding environment of healthcare administration and supply chain, efficiency is paramount. Capital planning and equipment purchasing are critical processes that can significantly impact a Provider’s operational success and financial health.  
OpenMarkets has proven to be an invaluable tool in these areas. One of the key strengths of OpenMarkets is its seamless integration with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems including Workday, Lawson Infor, Oracle PeopleSoft and Coupa. Here’s how and why this integration benefits hospitals. 

The Power of Integration: Saving Time and Reducing Complexity

One of the most significant advantages of integrating OpenMarkets with ERP platforms is the substantial time savings. In a typical hospital setting, capital planning and equipment purchasing involve multiple steps, from initial planning and budgeting to requisitioning and final purchase. This process can be cumbersome and time-consuming, often requiring manual data entry at various stages.

With OpenMarkets integrated into ERP systems, hospitals can automate many of these steps. For example:

  • Data Synchronization: The data within OpenMarkets, including quotes from suppliers, can be automatically synchronized with the ERP system. This eliminates the need for manual data entry, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring that all information is up to date.
  • Streamlined Workflow: Hospital employees can transition smoothly from planning and budgeting phases to requisitioning and purchasing without having to switch between disparate systems. This integrated workflow helps maintain continuity and enhances productivity.

Enhancing Accuracy and Efficiency in Procurement 

Another compelling reason for integrating OpenMarkets with ERP platforms is to simplify and enhance the procurement process. Here’s how OpenMarkets excels in this regard:

Another compelling reason for integrating OpenMarkets with ERP platforms is to simplify and enhance the procurement process. Here’s how OpenMarkets excels in this regard: 

  • Comprehensive Data Management: OpenMarkets houses critical data required by ERP systems, such as quotes from suppliers and a proprietary equipment catalog. This data is essential for making informed purchasing decisions and ensuring that all necessary financial approvals and checks are in place. 
  • Supplier Engagement: OpenMarkets is a platform uniquely utilized by both suppliers and providers. This dual usage facilitates accurate and timely data exchange, ensuring that quotes and other vital information are readily available for ERP integration. By having direct access to supplier data, hospitals can avoid the common pitfalls of miscommunication and data discrepancies. 

Real-World Benefits: From Planning to Purchase 

The integration of OpenMarkets with ERP platforms brings tangible benefits to hospital operations:  

  • Improved Financial Oversight: With real-time data synchronization, financial officers can have a clear and accurate view of budget statuses and pending purchases. This transparency helps in better financial planning and avoids budget overruns. 
  • Enhanced Decision Making: Access to accurate and comprehensive data allows hospital administrators to make more informed decisions regarding capital expenditures. This can lead to more strategic investments in equipment and technology, ultimately benefiting patient care. 
  • Operational Efficiency: By automating the procurement process, hospital staff can focus on more value-added activities, such as negotiating better deals with suppliers or improving patient services, rather than getting bogged down with administrative tasks.  


In the fast-paced world of the healthcare supply chain, the ability to integrate specialized platforms like OpenMarkets with comprehensive ERP systems such as Workday and Lawson provides significant advantages. Integrations help hospitals save time, reduce complexity, and enhance the accuracy and efficiency of their capital planning and equipment purchasing processes. By bridging the gap between suppliers and providers, OpenMarkets ensures that hospitals have the data they need, when they need it, paving the way for smarter, faster, and more efficient procurement. 

OpenMarkets excels by providing a unique blend of comprehensive data management and seamless integration capabilities, making it an indispensable tool for hospitals striving for operational excellence. Through these integrations, hospitals can navigate the complexities of capital planning and equipment purchasing with ease, ensuring that their focus remains where it belongs—on delivering outstanding patient care. 

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Tom Derrick
Tom Derrick

Senior Vice President

Streamlining Hospital Supply Chains: The Power of OpenMarkets