Int Neurourol J.  2018 Jul;22(Suppl 2):S83-S90. 10.5213/inj.1836152.076.

Innovative Distribution Priorities for the Medical Devices Industry in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • 1Department of Medical Device Management and Research, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Institute for Refractory Cancer Research, Research institute for Future Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Office of R&D Strategy & Planning, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Clinical Research Institute A-CRO Team, Research center for Future Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Research Center, Social Security Information Service, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Urology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


This study aimed to set priorities for improving the medical device distribution structure and to suggest an innovative improvement plan for the distribution structure using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method, focusing on stakeholders in the medical device industry.
This study conducted a survey with 35 specialists using the AHP method, which is a multiple-criteria decisionmaking methodology, in order to set priorities for improvement plans to address the problems faced by the medical device distribution structure.
The AHP analysis showed that supply stability was the most important factor, followed by greater transparency, efficiency, smart supply, and cost reduction.
It is necessary to establish a stable supply system and manage crises through supply stability, as well as to provide opportunities for fair trade through greater transparency. As steps towards those goals, we propose establishing a unique device identification system, an information disclosure system, online distribution, and a group purchasing organization system in Korea.


Medical device industry; Analytic hierarchy process; Unique device identification; Group purchasing organization; Online distribution
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