"As hospital systems aim to decrease the cost of doing business, supply chain organizations are taking on more responsibility for the complete operational health of their organizations. Whether they are managing the implementation of an acquisition, leading value-analysis initiatives or transforming contracting processes, these teams are being asked to do more with less and less," explains Kent Roberts, Vice President of Business Development for Swisslog. "The Journal of Healthcare Contracting designed this event to cultivate conversation and best-practice sharing among the most forward-thinking hospitals in the United States."
Event attendees will hear from a diverse group of hospital supply chain experts about the challenges and issues encountered when justifying, planning, implementing and running a consolidated service center. Topics include:
Achieving the Triple Aim through Consolidation
Why a Consolidated Service Center? Case Study Overview and Lessons Learned
State of Distribution: Enhancing Distribution through Technology
Contracting for a Consolidated Service Center: Turning Suppliers into Partners
Developing a Clinically Integrated Supply Chain
Automated Warehouse Tour at Medline Industries
"The first Supply Chain Consolidation Forum proved to be a high-value exchange of information for the attending and presenting supply chain leaders," remarks John Pritchard, Publisher of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting and The Dail-E News. "As we continue down the path of healthcare transformation, so many systems are pursuing major initiatives to ensure their success. It was great to hear how these progressive systems are using centralized distribution as one of those initiatives."
The forum will conclude with a tour of Medline Industries' warehouse, where attendees will see a demonstration of AutoStore® , the Swisslog technology used to automate the loading, storage and picking of split-case and low-unit-of-measure (LUM) SKUs.
"By utilizing a goods-to-person model, and eliminating airspace typically needed for aisles and wasted racking space, AutoStore is able to reduce storage and labor needs by as much as two-thirds," explains Roberts. "As supply chain organizations continue to take on added functional responsibility, many hospital warehouses are reaching capacity and could benefit from automation that extends the life of their existing facility."
Hospital and supply chain executives interested in attending this event can register at the Journal of Healthcare Contracting's website, http://www.jhconline.com/events.
About Swisslog Swisslog designs, develops, and delivers best-in-class automation for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses, and distribution centers. They offer integrated solutions from a single source – from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behind the company's success are 2,500 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries.
Swisslog is part of the KUKA group, a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions. www.kuka.com
About the Journal of Healthcare Contracting The Journal of Healthcare Contracting is the only publication that is solely devoted to the contracting arena of healthcare. It focuses on the interactions of the four primary stakeholders in healthcare contracting: health systems and their facilities, manufacturers and suppliers, distributors and group purchasing organizations. The participants in the contracting arena will grow to rely on The Journal of Healthcare Contracting for industry understanding, insight into the minds of thought leaders and collaboration opportunities amongst contracting constituents.