Astronaut Scott Kelly to Keynote 2018 GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit

Early Registration and Annual GHXcellence Awards Nominations Open Now
Louisville, CO - Thursday, December 07, 2017 -

Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) announced that Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly will be headlining the upcoming 18th annual GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, May 7-9, 2018 at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Early discounted registration is open now, as well as nominations for the GHXcellence Awards where GHX annually honors the top performing and most forward-thinking organizations and individuals.

The GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit is an intensive, three-day event offering a wealth of information, expertise, networking opportunities and inspiration for all parties in the healthcare supply chain—providers, suppliers, distributors and GPOs—and across all levels of the organization, from strategic to tactical. The Summit fosters a collaborative environment, encouraging an open dialog to look critically at ways to leverage technology and adopt modern processes and best practices to help the industry achieve cost savings, strengthen organizations and improve patient safety. Attendees can save $300 on each registration through Jan. 26, 2018.

Captain Scott Kelly, along with his twin brother Mark, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. His memoir of that trip is now a New York Times best-selling book, “Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.” As a keynote speaker at the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, Kelly will share stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits.

The GHXcellence Awards blend quantitative and qualitative criteria to honor true healthcare supply chain leaders and innovation. The winners represent organizations and individuals that maximize supply chain potential to drive out costs and improve patient care. Healthcare providers and suppliers of all sizes and geographies are welcome to submit nominations for the GHXcellence Awards through Feb. 15, 2018 with winners recognized at the 2018 Healthcare Supply Chain Summit. Complete award criteria and the nomination form are available on the GHX awards webpages.

The 2018 program includes the provider, supplier and industry awards recognizing the top performing and most forward-thinking healthcare supply chains in the industry:

Provider Awards

  • U.S. and Canadian Providers of the Year: Honors winners in three categories – large, small to mid-size – in the U.S. and Canada that represent the most strategic, successful supply chain initiatives.
  • Excellence in eProcurement: Recognizes excellence in overall spend automation, solution utilization, and execution and effectiveness.
  • Excellence in ePayables: Honors a provider demonstrating the value of automating invoice and payment processes.
  • Excellence in Content Management: Recognizes an organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to clean, synchronized data and is reaping the benefits through reduced errors and improved contract alignment.
  • Excellence in Contract Management: Recognizes an organization leading the drive for process efficiencies, contract optimization and compliance by automating contracting functions.
  • Excellence in Vendor Credentialing & Compliance: Recognizes the provider setting the standard for optimizing sourcing, contracting and onboarding, credentialing and payment approval, and performance review.
  • Most Improved Provider: Recognizes the provider with the most impressive year-over-year gains in growing its utilization of GHX solutions, and driving efficiencies and savings. 
  • Excellence in UDI & Standards: Recognizes the provider leading efforts to incorporate global standards and unique device identifiers (UDI) in clinical, financial and supply chain systems and processes.

Supplier Awards

  • U.S., Canadian and EU Suppliers of the Year: Celebrates winners in four categories – large and small volume U.S., Canadian and European – and recognizes those with the highest performing supply chains in those regions.
  • Excellence in Vendor Credentialing & Compliance: Recognizes the supplier leading the way in streamlining and efficiently managing its credentialing program. 
  • Excellence in UDI & Standards: Recognizes the supplier that has best led efforts to incorporate global data standards and UDI not only internally, but also in a manner that helps providers do the same.
  • Excellence in ePayables: Honors a supplier demonstrating the value of automating invoicing and payment processes.
  • Excellence in Contract Management: Recognizes a supplier leading the drive for improving contract price alignment and efficiencies through automation.

Industry Awards

  • Supply Chain Leadership Award – Provider and Supplier: Recognizes an individual from a provider and/or supplier organization who is transforming the healthcare supply chain through the innovative use of technology and trading partner collaboration. 
  • Trading Partner Pair of the Year: Celebrates a provider and supplier that have closely collaborated on supply chain initiatives to improve mutual business performance.
  • Rookie of the Year: Honors the provider and/or supplier who has been on the GHX Exchange less than two years and has demonstrated its ability to accelerate time-to-value in critical areas that drive supply chain performance.

In addition, GHX will again recognize in 2018 the GHX Provider Best 50, the top 50 hospital performers determined by the 2017 GHX Provider Scorecard (not open for nominations; winners ranked by GHX data) as well as the Millennium Club - provider and supplier organizations that generate over 1 million automated transactions (including advanced order sets) annually through the GHX Exchange to create efficiencies, accuracy and visibility for their own organizations and for their trading partners.

About GHX

Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) is a healthcare business and data automation company, empowering healthcare organizations to enable better patient care and maximize industry savings using its world-class cloud-based supply chain technology platform. GHX brings together healthcare providers, manufacturers and distributors in North America, and Europe, who rely on proven healthcare-focused technology and comprehensive data to automate business processes and make more informed, timely and fact-based decisions. Solutions span procurement and accounts payable automation, contract and inventory management, vendor credentialing and management, business intelligence, payment management and other supply chain-related tools and services. For more information, visit and The Healthcare Hub.