Healthcare Insights

Most common types of hospital RFPs

Hospitals issue requests for proposals (RFPs) to begin the vendor selection process for many different types of projects, products, and services.

In the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product, we track RFPs from numerous federal, state, local, and healthcare system websites. Between January 2018 and August 2022, we recorded more than 98,600 hospital RFPs.

To learn more about the types of services hospitals need, this list breaks down the most frequent categories for issued hospital RFPs January 2018 and August 2022.

Top 20 most common hospital RFP categories

RankRFP categoryCount of RFPsExplore dataset
1Professional services22,660Explore
2Medical/surgical equipment or supplies13,835Explore
3Technology services10,175Explore
4Maintenance/facility management8,294Explore
5Construction - new building/renovations/design7,361Explore
6Laboratory/blood related6,586Explore
7Consulting - strategic/financial4,897Explore
8Physician services3,373Explore
10Non-clinical supplies3,086Explore
11Technology software2,603Explore
12Technology hardware (including telecom)2,420Explore
13Radiology/medical imaging2,231Explore
14Food services2,029Explore
15Transportation services1,993Explore
17Electronic health/medical records923Explore
18Coding/patient billing/revenue cycle522Explore
19Real estate399Explore

Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. RFPs and hospital purchasing data are from a variety of sources and updated daily. Data accurate as of August 2022.

What is the most common hospital RFP type?

Hospitals most often issue RFPs for professional services, which includes a variety of healthcare-related areas such as supplemental provider staffing, laundry services, and janitorial services. Professional services RFPs account for 23% of the nearly 99,000 hospital RFPs analyzed.

Medical/surgical supplies are the second most common RFP type, and the remaining top 10 categories include:

How are hospital RFPs monitored?

The Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product tracks federal healthcare RFPs from the System for Award Management website and collects non-federal RFPs by monitoring state, local, and healthcare entity websites for RFPs and purchasing requests.

What do hospitals issue RFPs for?

Hospitals use RFPs to announce purchasing plans and outline the specific requirements they need. RFPs help hospitals protect the purchase and allows them to review multiple bids to find a suitable price point. Projects, products, and services that a hospital might issue an RFP for include:

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