Sunday, August 25, 2024

1:30 PM - 6:30 PM

New to the 2024 Fall IDN Summit….The McKenna Lecture Series and Keynote on Building Immunity Into Our Medical Supply Chains

The 2024 Fall IDN Summit is partnering with The Mark Mckenna Lecture Endowment, a group dedicated to bringing key innovators and thought leaders that present current topics that shape healthcare delivery in their annual lecture series, for a special education event on Sunday, August 25, 2024.

The McKenna group includes the W. P. Carey School of Business’ Department of Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University and CAPS Research.

The Mark Mckenna Lecture Endowment recognizes McKenna’s contributions to the development of the field of health sector supply chain. McKenna, in his role as President of Novation (1998-2006), was a 2004 founding member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium (HSRC-ASU) and a continuous supporter of bringing academia and industry partners together to solve major problems across the health sector supply chain. McKenna’s career spanned both the supplier and provider sectors in healthcare, including senior management positions with Imed Corp., Baxter Healthcare Corp., VHA Inc. He also served as chairman of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) and was elected to the Bellwether League Healthcare Supply Chain Hall of Fame (2010).

The event will feature Dr. Rob Handfield’s Keynote presentation entitled Building Immunity into our Medical Supply Chains. Based on his experience serving on the White House COVID Joint Acquisition Task Force, Professor Handfield will share insights on the fragility of our medical supply chain for medical products and medicines. He will draw from his experiences, including work with the SMI Council, the FDA, and other members of his executive network, in describing the requirements to build “immunity” to disruptions that threaten the resiliency of our nation’s medical supply chain. He will also describe recommendations for policy and incentives.

Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Executive Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.

Registration for the event is complimentary for students, faculty, and others interested in learning about

the healthcare supply chain as well as for IDN Summit attendees:

See below for an outline of what to expect on Sunday:


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Welcome and Panel Discussion: Is the World Really Flat?


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Panel Discussion: Building Supply Chain Human Resources for Excellence


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Keynote talk with Dr. Rob Handfield: Building Immunity into Our Medical Supply Chains


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM IDN Summit Welcome Reception Sponsored by Capstone Health Alliance


To register for Sunday's McKenna Lecture Series, please email Trey Beuttel or call the IDN Summit Team at 859.523.5701.