Publisher’s Letter

Healthcare Supply Chain Radio

John Pritchard

I love to devour content. I love reading the newspaper, listening to talk radio, and researching things on the Internet. Some of my top interests are cars, history, and sports. I can’t get enough information on these topics.

I noticed early in 2016 that I was listening to podcasts more than music or the radio. I have two big dogs that I walk at the park for an hour a day. This is prime listening time; you won’t catch me on these walks without my ear buds in.

The first podcast that captured me was Civil War Talk Radio. I am not sure how I even found it, but within three months I had listened to countless 1-hour episodes. Then I subscribed to my favorite college football talk show host Paul Finebaum’s podcast. He does four hours a day, five days a week. When I don’t catch an hour, I feel like I missed something important.

Podcasts are gaining in popularity. Here are a few things I learned in researching the platform:

  • Monthly podcast listenership is up 75 percent since 2013
  • The same number of people in the United States listen to podcasts as use Twitter
  • 64 percent of listeners are listening on their phones or tablets

However, somewhere in listening to all these podcasts it struck me …. we needed to create a podcast for healthcare supply chain stakeholders. Thus the idea for Healthcare Supply Chain Radio was born.

Healthcare Supply Chain Radio explores progressive tactics, models and collaborations seen in today’s Healthcare Supply Chain. You can expect to hear from leaders from our nation’s most progressive IDNs, hospitals, GPOs, suppliers, regional collaboratives, policy makers, and academics. It’s available on iTunes and our website at

We’ve already interviewed several thought leaders, and will release more podcasts in the coming weeks. Download an episode, and let me know what you think. Also, send me any names of guests you may want to hear from.

Thanks for reading this issue of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting.

John Pritchard