Collaboration Strategies Track

Collaboration between IDNs and suppliers has been on the rise in recent years and is imperative as healthcare shifts from pandemic-mode to recovery-mode. Positive outcomes that result from increased collaboration include greater cost efficiencies, improved negotiations, increased patient satisfaction, and higher quality and consistency of products and services. In order to have effective collaboration, relationships must be built on mutual trust, openness and honesty, and shared risk and rewards. This track will highlight the benefits of achieving diversity within the supply chain, discuss how to successfully work together to navigate challenges,  and where to look for opportunities going forward.

All sessions are in Eastern Time (ET). 

Collaboration Strategies Track: Diversity in the Supply Chain

On-Site Experience: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Virtual Experience: Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Moderator: Bruce Carlson, Principal, R B Carlson and Associates, LLC

A study by the Hackett Group showed that organizations that focus heavily on supplier diversity generate 133% greater return on their cost of procurement. Additionally, under a supplier diversity program, companies drive an additional $3.6 million to their company's bottom line for every $1 million in procurement operations costs according to the study. The healthcare industry is one that faces significant challenges to widespread supply chain inclusivity. It is also an industry that could make a major impact—and reap serious benefits—by making supply chain supplier diversity a top priority. This IDN Panel will feature three Executives who have built successful diversity programs at their IDN and offer insight on how you can enhance diversity within your supply chain.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define goals for diversifying your supply chain and building a supplier diversity program.
2. Discuss ways to communicate to current and prospective partners and stakeholders to ensure their practices align with your IDN’s goals.
3. Identify opportunities to diversify other hospital contracts, such as those for advertising and marketing.

Collaboration Strategies Track: Challenges and Opportunities in 2021

On-Site Experience: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM ET
Virtual Experience: Monday, April 19, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Moderator: Nick Gaich, CEO, Nick Gaich and Associates
Faculty: Randy Bradley, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee

2020 challenged us all. From caring for COVID-19 patients, to disseminating public health information, to ensuring adequate supplies to serve their communities, healthcare has played a vital role in fighting this pandemic. This effort required collaboration across healthcare, including clinicians, supply chain leaders, suppliers, and GPOs. With the end of the pandemic in sight, the question remains: what’s next for healthcare? In this session, a panel of healthcare executives will share insights, from a clinical and supply chain perspective, on lessons learned from 2020, how to meet the challenges from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and where to look for opportunities in 2021.

Learning Objectives:

1. Compare instances of success and lessons learned in healthcare from the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Discuss strategies that will yield positive organizational results in 2021.
3. Identify ways that change can optimize value and improve clinical outcomes.

Collaboration Strategies Track: Impact of Local Disasters

On-Site Experience: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Virtual Experience: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Moderator: Randy Hayas, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Ret.), Orlando Health
Faculty: Dale Locklair, SVP, Planning & Facilities Management, McLeod Health

Supply chain interdependence has many benefits in that it can increase efficiencies and drive down cost. It also presents its own set of challenges. You are now susceptible to risks of disruption from disasters and emergencies that may occur, not only in your community, but in other parts of the world: manufacturing operations can cease, labor and personnel problems can arise, transportation and delivery could stall, and warehousing can be unavailable. What steps can you take to be proactive, rather than reactive? Are there funds budged for ongoing preparedness and response? Is there a local or regional stockpile or emergency management resources available for immediate use? How can you prevent disruptions to patient care during and after a local disaster? This session will discuss the unique challenges of local disasters and how best for your organization to both prepare and respond.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify strengths and vulnerabilities in local supply chains to improve future supply chain management.
2. Outline best practices in emergency management preparedness and response efforts for clinicians and supply chain leaders.
3. Explain ways to improve communication and information-sharing between all stakeholders, including clinicians, supply chain leaders, government agencies, and patients.