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

Rank RFP category Count of RFPs
1 Professional services 22,660
2 Medical/surgical equipment or supplies 13,835
3 Technology services 10,175
4 Maintenance/facility management 8,294
5 Construction - new building/renovations/design 7,361
6 Laboratory/blood related 6,586
7 Consulting - strategic/financial 4,897
8 Physician services 3,373
9 Pharmacy 3,086
10 Non-clinical supplies 3,086
11 Technology software 2,603
12 Technology hardware (including telecom) 2,420
13 Radiology/medical imaging 2,231
14 Food services 2,029
15 Transportation services 1,993
16 Insurance 1,627
17 Electronic health/medical records 923
18 Coding/patient billing/revenue cycle 522
19 Real estate 399
20 Anesthesiology 157

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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