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Kjetil Istad

Director Sykehusinnkjøp HF, Norway & Vice-president EHPPA

Kjetil Istad is the CEO of the Norwegian Hospital Procurement Trust (Sykehusinnkjøp HF), a national health enterprise that carries out procurement for Norwegian hospitals. He is Vice-president in charge of Value-Based Procurement for EHPPA. EHPPA is an alliance of public and non-profit Group Procurement Organisations which aims to pool expertise, leverage performance and provide its members with a strategic position in the European healthcare procurement market. Introduction of the value-based procurement is a key priority of the alliance, with the belief that this approach will benefit the hospitals we serve in the best possible way, and will translate to value that matters for patients.

Since he was hired as the Procurement Manager at then Aker University Hospital i 2005, Istad has been working in the field of public procurement in the Norwegian health sector.

Before joining the newly founded Norwegian Hospital Procurement Trust in 2016, Istad worked as a Procurement Manager and Director of Procurement and Logistics for the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.

Istad holds a five-year degree in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In addition, he has completed the Norwegian Health Authority’s Executive Management program.

2 blogs from the author

Value Based Procurement

Posted on 20.01.2020

VBP: The road from unwanted necessity to high impact strategic partner

Public procurement was established as a way of purchasing products that hospitals need. However, this one-dimensional view of procurement is changing very quickly. From humble beginnings as an obscure back-office function, I am pleased to say procurement is fast becoming a high-impact strategic partner for hospitals.  What’s behind this shift? Traditionally, product price has been […]

By Kjetil Istad Director Sykehusinnkjøp HF, Norway & Vice-president EHPPA


Posted on 03.02.2016

Big picture thinking can save money

This blog is part 3 of a series on the MEAT value-based procurement project, an initiative that advocates towards a shift from price-based procurement of medical technology towards value-based procurement. It does so by defining a Most Economically Advantageous Tendering (MEAT) framework that includes the value of medical technologies, services and solutions in procurement processes […]

By Kjetil Istad Director Sykehusinnkjøp HF, Norway & Vice-president EHPPA