Monday, April 17, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Logistics, in terms of the actual storage and shipping of goods, is a sometimes-underrepresented topic when it comes to examining the healthcare supply chain. But the coordination of facilities, people, equipment, and other resources to ensure products, supplies, and vital medications move when they’re supposed to and there is space for them at the next stop is critically important. In this session, we’ll look at driving best practices and processes in areas including demand planning, transportation (including fleet management), inventory management, material handling, and order fulfillment.

Learning objectives:

1. Examine current trends in the logistics function and how they are impacting the entirety of the supply chain including fuel costs, environmental considerations, and shipping issues.

2. Review forecasted shortages and resource deficiencies and understand possible impacts on demand planning and safety stock considerations

3. Explain the growth of self-distribution models and review the factors that a healthcare system must consider to determine whether self-distribution is a viable alternative.

4. Identify best practices and the value of crossline communication between clinicians, pharmacy, OR, etc. to better understand their needs and the needs of their patients.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Numerous supply chain articles discuss the potential for technology such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), to turbocharge supply chain resilience. They delve into how the technology will transform an organization’s supply chain to become more agile and resilient. However, in practice, many technology projects do not achieve their promised return on investment and target resiliency outcomes. This session will examine how private and public sector frontline workers overcome recurring obstacles to maintain efficient operations and promote supply chain resiliency using research gathered from over 50 supply chain leaders.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review data and information gathered from the Supply Chain Leaders

2. Explain the opportunity for organizations to implement processes to improve patient care and frontline workers’ processes.

3. Examine practical use of innovative technologies to increase supply chain resilience.

4. Analyze the challenges discovered within the research and supplemental research to improve the Healthcare Supply Chain.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The assurance of supply is a constant battle for supply chain professionals on the front lines and in the executive suite. But shifting the culture of the supply chain to one that is more proactive than reactive remains a work in progress. During this session, we’ll discuss the most up-to-date dynamic forces including disasters, geopolitics, resources, transportation, and labor, and how they are impacting the supply chain. Participants will gain current insight and knowledge to assist in demand planning and ensure that necessary medical supplies and products are available when needed.

Learning objectives:

1. Analyze the current global landscape to gain a deeper understanding of the current and pending factors that are impacting shortages/disruptions now and in the near term.

2. Describe best practices and plans to mitigate any disruptions and shortages while optimizing stock/inventory levels to meet demand and ensure care.

3. Identify strategies to foster further collaboration and improve communication among supply chain stakeholders to develop a more proactive culture.

4. Develop a process to audit your supply chain to understand and have full transparency into where your vulnerabilities may lie.