Session List

Last Update: February 21

Additional sessions will be added here as confirmed.

Full agenda, including session dates, times & abstracts will be published in late March.


General Sessions

  • Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care
    Imagine a health care system that better anticipates what individuals need to be as healthy as possible, that delivers care in the most appropriate location, from hospital to home, and does so with better quality at lower cost. A more “distributed” system could be called “Health Care Without Walls.” Although evolution toward such a system is under way, it is painfully slow – and a variety of technological, human, financial and regulatory factors must be addressed to accelerate progress. Susan Dentzer, senior policy fellow of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, shares the Health Care Without Walls vision, followed by a discussion with GHX VP Karen Conway exploring the role supply chain can play to helping make the vision a reality.
    • Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Author of Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care
  • State of the Union: Healthcare Trends (The View from Washington and beyond)
    In the run up to the 2020 elections, healthcare leaders find themselves grappling with myriad forces, including surging support for Medicare for All, growing receptivity to governmental spending controls, and increasing competition in the physician market that threaten to upend traditional industry dynamics. This objective analysis of the biggest trends and market forces impacting healthcare explores growing public and private sector interest in disruptive solutions to address the nation’s affordability crisis, including potential government intervention. The presentation also explores strategies that various market sectors are deploying to refine market-based reforms, including new ways to engage physicians and the potential role for technological reform. The Advisory Board also offers recommendations for long-term success amid a radically restructuring market.
    • Bradford Koles, Executive Director, Advisory Board
  • Be Happy First: Resilience and Breakthrough Performance in Times of Change (Keynote Address)
    After Neil Pasricha’s wife left him and his best friend suddenly took his own life, he crash-landed in an empty downtown bachelor apartment. Just twelve months later, he was working directly for the CEO at Walmart, running the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the world”, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies. The lesson was clear: resilience, change, and growth can come from times of challenge. In Pasricha’s case, he realized before life could change, he had to change. Leadership ultimately comes from within. When company execs would ask him “How did you get so happy?” he’d share the secret is to “Be happy first” and let the mindset you cultivate ultimately enable your success. This inspiring talk is for anybody looking for simple practical ways to lift performance to new heights. Pasricha offers five clear tools you can use to achieve your biggest goals.
    • Neil Pasricha, Leadership & Happiness Expert


  • Successful Value Processes Begin and End with Your Data
    With the move to value-based healthcare, Value Analysis is becoming a strategic imperative for providers. Value Analysis teams are at the center of financial, clinical and supply chain functions, and they draw from these resources to analyze the value of products delivering high quality, cost-effective care. As Value Analysis becomes an essential tool for providers to continue delivering patient care, it’s important to remember that it is only as good as the data used. Quality, accurate data is critical if Value Analysis is to drive meaningful insights and significant improvements.
    • Barbara Strain, Principal, Barbara Strain Consulting, LLC
  • The Promise of Shared Scorecards
    A panel will discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities for improving the use of scorecards to boost supply chain effectiveness between trading partners. Hear from providers, suppliers and distributors as they relate the trends they see, how scorecards improve their performance, challenges they encounter and how the use of scorecards can be improved.
    • John Iannetta, VP, Commercial Operations, BD
    • Lara Latham, VP, Healthcare Systems, Stryker Healthcare Systems
    • Mauro Pennacchia, Director, Data Analytics & Reporting, NYU Langone Health System
    • Bill Abrams, President, Distributed Products Division, Medline Industries
  • Embarking on an AI Initiative in Healthcare and Healthcare Supply Chain
    This interactive workshop will offer practical guidance on how to prepare for and/or begin Artificial Intelligence (AI) efforts and what AI efforts are reasonable to pursue. The format will be a guided Q&A with all participants sharing thoughts, experiences, concerns, challenges, knowledge and ideas. Individuals with expertise in AI will guide discussion and discovery to assure the right steps are taken towards a successful AI project. Specific examples and scenarios will be presented, as needed, to stimulate discussion.
    • Bryan Loughry, Data Science Lead, GHX
  • How Workday Supports the Transition to Value-Based Healthcare
    As the shift to value-based care accelerates, cloud-based ERPs can provide the connectivity, scalability and computing power providers need to achieve key strategic initiatives. Learn how Workday’s cloud-based ERP can make it easier to leverage data, connect systems and break down siloes to drive real process improvements and cost efficiency.
    • Keith Lohkamp, Senior Director, Industry Strategy, Workday
    • Michael Bishop, Vice President, Provider Sales, GHX
  • Develop a Modern Item Data Strategy: Unlock Complexities of Meaningful Clinical Supply Reporting
    Take a comprehensive look at how to build out a toolkit that can explain supply chain expense trends with decision support. There is no one solution yet that allows your supply chain / decision support / financial reporting team to answer all the questions, especially when talking about clinical outcomes that are so important in value-based reimbursement models. This session will give practical advice and real-world scenarios on how the right data can support your supply chain clinical initiatives.
    • Hunter Chandler, Director, Supply Chain Information Systems, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Moving to a Cloud-Based ERP
    Moving to a cloud-based ERP can be a long, expensive and messy process. But it can also be an opportunity to achieve major supply chain goals. Hear a panel of provider supply chain executives share how they navigated this time of transformative change for their organizations.
    • Moderator: Peter Nelson, Vice President & General Manager, Global Alliances, GHX
    • Franco Sagliocca, Corporate Director, The Mount Sinai Health System
    • Talia Mauck, Associate Vice President, Supply Chain, Adventist HealthCare
    • Vincent Matozzo, System Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations, Yale New Haven Health System
  • Building Operational Cohesion Across Procure-to-Pay
    Binh Phan joined Hoag Health as director of Supply Chain Operations in 2019. Tasked first with evaluating Hoag’s current state, a myriad of issues surfaced: lack of collaboration between departments, a need for better visibility around its financial liabilities and payment monitoring, and Hoag’s Treasury department needed to better comply with supplier relationships. He found gaps in workflows, no line of sight towards savings, no process standardization, no effective procure-to-pay strategy and a lack of automation. Hear how Phan got to work tackling these challenges. He enacted an initiative to harbor department collaboration, implemented new – and optimized existing – solutions for automation and visibility, rearranged cross-functional workflows and, with the help of a liaison, helped facilitate AP functions and Purchasing collaboration.
    • Binh Pham, Director, Supply Chain Operations, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • DHA’s Journey of Moving from Legacy Systems to the Cloud
    Balance is defined as “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportion and an even distribution of weight, enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” Balance in IT has three prime elements – Technology, Data and People – achieving the right balance allows technology to enable business process transformation. Hear how the Defense Health Agency (DHA) is moving from their legacy systems into the cloud. Learn about their journey, from how business processes can effectively drive capability design, and how solutioning something is difficult to do without applying it to a business gap. You’ll hear about the elements and lessons learned as DHA achieves key milestones and continues to actively navigate an evolving pathway.
    • Donna Totten, Defense Health Agency
  • Everything's Bigger in Texas – Except for Harris Health's Item Master
    Learn how Harris Health, located in the 4th largest city in the U.S., utilized a small Item Master to drive supply chain procurement results in a BIG way.
    • Jacob Titus, Operations Manager - System and Analysis, Harris Health System
  • GS1 Healthcare Standards: Was the Gain Worth the Pain?
    Global data standardization initiatives using GS1 standards for product and organizational / location identification have been in motion in healthcare for more than 15 years. A number of providers and suppliers in the GHX community were among the early adopters of GS1 standards, namely the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs). Ten years after GHX published the first guidelines on how to incorporate GTINs and GLNs in transactions, and more recently work with GS1 US and HIDA to promote use of GLNs in contract price alignment, we wondered, “How it’s going?” Join us to hear from some of these standardization pioneers who are several years into the process to learn: - The reason they chose to adopt - The pain experienced during transition - The value achieved - Whether the gain was worth the pain
    • Beth Wells, Senior Director, Community Engagement, GS1 US
    • Sandi Michel, Director, DS&I, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
    • Cynthia Shumway, Director, Supply Chain Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
    • Erin Williams, Sr. Manager, Contract Admin., Supply Chain Management, Mayo Clinic
    • Dietmar Hein, Vice President Planning and Digital, Siemens Healthineers
    • Mike Hughes, Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions, Cook Medical
    • Matthew Mentel, CEO & Strategic Partner, Strategic Optimization and Innovation
  • Connect the Data, Connect the Dots
    • Tim Brown, Enterprise Director of Procurement and Supply Chain Integration, WVU Medicine
    • David Napoli, Leader & Consultant in Humanizing Data
  • Hospitals to House Calls: Transforming Supply Chain for Improved Community Care
    When challenged by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to analyze, evaluate and present a complete supply chain plan for home and community care services, TransForm, a Shared Service Organization (SSO), created and implemented the first successful integration of home and community care supply chain processes with an existing hospital-focused SSO in Ontario. Their transformational model provided end-to-end automation, inventory controls and supply chain best practices which eliminated redundancy and produced significant cost savings. This was achieved through contract management optimization, implementation of supply management controls, elimination of manual processes and implementation of accurate patient case costing. The efficiencies gained have proven to have significant impact on Provincial initiatives to drive better delivery of patient care while re-investing over a million dollars in cost savings back into direct patient care.
    • Renee McIntyre, Director, Supply Chain, TransForm Shared Service Organization
    • Katelyn Dryden, Manager, Supply Chain Operations, TransForm Shared Service Organization
  • Modernizing Accounts Payables and Supplier Vendor Relations
    Amy Platis wanted to implement best practices in Accounts Payable (AP) at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare (NW). Among them, convert all payment initiatives solely to e-payments without taxing the team of time and resources. Paper checks were too time consuming and e-payments allowed departments to more easily reconcile payments along with sending payments. To implement and ensure high-compliance amongst her supplier vendors, Platis chose to build a Direct Supplier Portal where suppliers could login and adopt NW's preferred e-payment methods. The portal would require an initial IT investment to build, a decision supported by the cost savings projected as a result of improved AP efficiency along with rebate capture. Come hear Platis share her step-by-step journey to AP best practices.
    • Amy Platis, Program Director, Finance, APM, Northwestern Medicine
  • AHRMM’s Young Professionals Advisory Council: The Path to an Executive Healthcare Professional
    This interactive session of up-and-coming YPAC leaders and seasoned pros may include managing up in your 20s and 30s; paths to the executive suite; multi-generational workforce; consulting or starting your own business; being a female executive; or your favorite topic. YPAC provides education, leadership and networking opportunities for young professionals. YPAC's 4 identifying pillars, C-A-R-E, are to: Connect young professionals working in healthcare supply chain, Advise AHRMM on the professional needs of early careerists, Represent the interests of those age 35 and under within AHRMM, and Engage students and young professionals in the work of the profession.
  • Leveraging New Technologies and Blockchain to Enable Community-Driven Supply Chain Solutions
    There are some supply chain challenges we simply can't solve alone. It takes a community working together to solve shared problems. Innovative technologies combined with innovative business models and new B2B networks are proving that collaboration in healthcare is not only alive and well... it could be your differentiator. Learn how distributed ledgers and new cloud technologies are powering next generation supply chain solutions in 2020 and beyond.
    • John Bass, CEO, Hashed Health
    • Mark Wilcox, Product Management, GHX
  • Developing a Data Summit: Leveraging ERP Data to Speed Decisions and Reduce Supply Chain Costs
    An in-depth conversation on developing a cross functional Data Governance Steering Team with examples on how to drive initiatives, standardize processes, and monitor and monetize data related metrics across your organization.
    • Nalin Kulasekara, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, SSM Health

Summit Central Talks

  • AI: What Is It and How Does it Relate to Healthcare and the Healthcare Supply Chain?
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be defined and presented from a practical perspective providing insights to the kinds of problems AI can solve. A series of examples will be presented, from simple to more complex, facilitating an understanding of how real-world problems in healthcare and the healthcare supply chain can be solved with AI.
    • Bryan Loughry, Data Science Lead, GHX
  • The Performance Edge – Learning to Manage Your Energy, Battle Burnout and Improve Your Performance
    We all know that burnout, exhaustion and continuously running on the ‘hamster wheel’ of work ultimately results in reduced performance. Research also shows that those professionals who actively employ strategies to take care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally have more energy to perform more optimally. In this session we will explore Anthony Schwartz’s work on “Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time” and learn personal, practical and purposeful ways any professional can up their game through deliberate self-care. Each participant will leave with a completed energy audit and action plan for how to make important changes that will impact their work performance.
    • Alexis Kearns, SVP, Human Resources, GHX
  • Transform AP From a Cost Center to an Efficient Revenue Generator with ePayments
    Payment is the last step in the procure-to-pay process, but it can be time/labor intensive and costly when suppliers want paper checks. The Magnolia Regional Health Center accounts payable (AP) team and GHX implemented the ePay solution in less than six weeks, converting 29 percent of their total payments with minimal time and effort required on behalf of the health system. The transition to e-payments has enabled the AP team to capture valuable rebates, contributing to the overall financial success of the organization. Benefits include streamlined electronic processes, on demand reporting and fast payment reconciliation.
    • Haven Caldwell, Controller, Magnolia Regional Health Center