Executive Leadership Track

The healthcare industry is changing at a rapid pace. This pace of change is most apparent to senior leaders who have worked in the healthcare industry for decades. This track provides high-level content on topics impacting senior leaders. Topics will include evidence-based decision making, collaborating with physicians, and controlling costs. The Executive Education track is open to invited Senior Executives and their guests.

Monday, April 27 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Executive Leadership Track: Evidence-based Decision Making

National Ballroom A

Evidence-based decision making in healthcare is important to provide quality patient care at a cost-effective price.  Yet, by some estimates, only 20 percent of decisions in healthcare are made based on evidence. Bridging this disconnect is key to improving patient care and maintaining cost control. In this session, a panel of GPO executives will discuss maximizing evidence-based decision making to control costs and improve patient outcomes. Topics include building an environment of evidence-based decision making and decision making when evidence for new product is minimal.

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate how IDNs can utilize evidence-based decision making to control costs and improve patient outcomes.
2. Outline actions senior leaders can take to encourage evidence-based decision making.
3. Identify alternative sources information when new products have limited evidence.

Monday, April 27 |  2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Executive Leadership Track: Expanded Role and Responsibilities of the Supply Chain

National Ballroom A

Today’s healthcare supply chain is constantly responding to the changing demands of IDNs. Although the supply chain has an expanded role and new responsibilities, supply chain leaders are expected to oversee consolidation and cost reduction efforts while maintaining a competitive pace of innovation. Attendees will hear from two healthcare leaders who successfully balanced innovation and cost control within their supply chain. Topics will include integrating new technology, collaborating with IDNs, and data collection and analysis.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe solutions to balance innovation and cost control demands.
2. Outline steps to plan and budget for new technologies.
3. Identify how to use effective data collection and analysis to maximize findings.

Monday, April 27 |  4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Executive Leadership Track: Collaboration with Physicians

National Ballroom A

Physicians play an integral role in the healthcare supply chain. Meeting physicians’ different product preferences can be costly for IDNs to stock and maintain the necessary resources. Better collaboration with physicians is critical to effectively controlling costs. However, the process to achieve better collaboration is complex and challenging. In this session, attendees will hear from a panel of healthcare leaders who have controlled costs within their IDNs through continuous and effective collaboration with physicians. Topics will include innovative ways to align with physicians, standardizing products, receiving buy-in, and best practices to collaborate with physicians.

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline potential actions to empathize and collaboration with physicians beyond asking for standardization and other cost-saving measures.
2. Describe best practices for maintaining goodwill among physicians while focusing on the bottom line.  
3. Identify methods to gain buy-in on cost-saving measures from physicians.