Who?Helseforetakenes Innkjøpsservice (HINAS) is a company responsible for coordinating public procurement on behalf of the Norwegian Health enterprises. The company is owned by the four Regional Health Authorities in Norway.
HINAS has two main functions. The company is responsible for coordinating and conducting national tenders on behalf of the Norwegian Health Enterprises. By applying a common procurement policy, the potential for cutting costs in the public healthcare sector is considerable. A common policy will also ensure superior product quality and help solve logistical problems. The company will also function as an advisor in questions regarding public procurement.
Why?Norwegian Health Enterprises purchase equipment, goods and services valued at approximately 10 billion NOK per year. Coordinating these purchases represents several advantages. Some of the advantages are lower prices due to higher volume, product standardization, higher quality, and more reliable deliveries. Making purchases will become less time consuming, leaving valuable staff to perform other more important duties.
What?HINASs objectice is to establish framework agreements and joint purchase agreements spanning a wide range of areas. Some of these are:
- Travel and travel services
- Office equipment
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Furniture and furnishing
- Communication services
- Industrial kitchen equipment and food
- Clothing and textiles
- Banking service
- Computers and computer technology
How?Our activities involve a considerable amount of responsibility towards customers and suppliers, both locally and internationally. As a result, the company`s emphasis is on following stringent ethical and legal guidelines. We will perform our duties with integrity, based on principles of objectivity and non-discrimination.
Throughout each process, HINAS will ensure that all Norwegian Health Enterprises attaint the best possible `values for money`.
In order to achieve this, a sound knowledge base is a prerequisite for the company`s success. All staff members have solid background in all areas of public procurement. Any advice provided by the company will always be correct and up to date. Specific areas of expertise are logistics, market analysis, legal advice, supplier development and e-commerce.