2022 Stronger - PH336 - Supply Chain Process Improvement: From Problems to Opportunities - On Demand

This session features a panel of health care leaders who will share their experiences and discuss successful improvements to high-impact supply chain processes.

At the University of Chicago Medical Center, bill-only manual requisitions were resulting in the use of noncontracted products, and much of the process was inefficiently tracked through email — leading to pricing inconsistencies and inaccuracies that resulted in longer payment cycles and invoice holds. The supply chain team streamlined the bill-only process using a cloud-based solution, coupled with process and data standardization, to automate the requisitioning and purchase order creation process. Leaders will share this streamlined process, as well as the project’s challenges and outcomes.

Froedtert Health’s established goal is to drive a more clinically integrated supply chain with a robust data and analytics platform. Its supply chain clinical value analytics team created dashboards that demonstrate physician utilization of supplies and implants in correlation with clinical data, such as procedure times, patient age groupings, revision rates and more. These dashboards have been transformative in maintaining contract compliance, identifying gaps, decreasing clinical variance and developing transparency.

Join this session to learn about exciting new process improvements in supply chain and value analysis.

Target Audience

  • Healthcare Executives
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

Describe how to implement a solution to streamline the bill-only requisitioning process.

Discuss the outcomes and challenges from the pilot project.

Describe data points required for a successful service line utilization dashboard.

Create visualizations that provide directional clinically integrated supply chain data to support daily operations.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ACHE
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 General CE - Attendance
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Amanda Puls, BSN, RN, CVAHP, Clinical Value Analytics Manager, Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, WI

Jack Koczela, MBA, Director of Supply Chain Services, Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, WI

Hussam Bachour, MBA, MSc, Manager, Supply Chain Systems, The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

Cara Eason, Strategic Sourcing Manager, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL


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Credit Types

Nurses (CNE)

Vizient, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 ANCC contacts hours.

Physicians (CME)

Vizient, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

By attending the 2022 Connections Summit offered by Vizient, Inc. participants may earn up to 0.75 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.

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Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 ACHE
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 General CE - Attendance
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