Session ID: 

$8.6M in CapEx Savings: A Case Study on Sharing Medical Equipment

12:00pm - 1:00pm Tuesday, February 12
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Kaiser Permanente (KP) has been a leader in integrated care management and innovation, providing healthcare services for more than 60 years. This session will discuss how KP leveraged the sharing economy--a concept made popular by businesses like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit--to share high-value medical equipment across facilities and incorporate collective buying into the capital expense planning process. These efforts resulted in $8.6M in identified savings and a decrease in rental volume of 64% across two years. By sharing equipment between facilities, KP was able to decrease costs without limiting their ability to expand service lines and deliver care to more patients across Southern California, at the most affordable price.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the supply chain challenges that Kaiser Permanente faced around equipment management, budgeting and access and how they were inspired by companies like Uber and Airbnb to solve those challenges by sharing medical equipment between facilities
  • Identify the internal resources needed for a health system to implement an equipment sharing pilot, including the criteria for selecting the service lines, equipment and facilities for participation
  • Analyze the ROI model developed by Kaiser Permanente and Cohealo on the value of sharing equipment, including how financial outcomes such as rental reduction and capital expense avoidance from sharing/collective purchasing can be factored into calculations


Chair, Kaiser Permanente Inter-regional Chiefs of Urology and Physician Co-lead of Kaiser Permanente Health Innovation Team,
Kaiser Permanente
Chief Executive Officer,


Healthcare Financial Professionals
Supply Chain Management Professionals/Clinicans