Healthcare Industry Leaders to Present Webinar on How to Become a 'Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25' Organization

Hosted by GHX and featuring leading analyst firm, the Dec. 14 event will explore how suppliers and providers can leverage supply chain excellence to optimize business and clinical performance

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the organizations named to the Gartner "The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2010"* will be featured in a webinar highlighting how they are leveraging supply chain excellence to optimize business and clinical performance. Hosted by GHX and featuring Gartner, Inc., the event will include GHX CEO Bruce Johnson; Jim Walker, senior vice president, Corporate Sales, Boston Scientific; Brent Johnson, vice president, Supply Chain & Imaging Services, and chief purchasing officer, Intermountain Healthcare; and Gartner Research Director Wayne McDonnell. It is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The just-released Gartner ranking recognizes healthcare organizations that focused on the healthcare value chain's pursuit of high quality care at optimal cost. Intermountain Healthcare and Boston Scientific, both of whom use GHX technology to advance their value chain strategies, were among those acknowledged. In all, 13 of the 14 medical-surgical organizations named in the report partner with GHX.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Why the time is right to align supply chain strategy with business goals
  • The characteristics that Top 25 organizations share
  • The internal processes and systems required for success
  • The importance of collaboration across the value chain
  • Strategies for establishing and managing an optimized trading partner network
  • The growing importance of the supply chain in delivering high quality care at optimal cost
  • How to leverage the increasingly interconnected and interdependent healthcare supply system

To learn more and register for the webinar, go to:

*Gartner, Inc. The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2010, Wayne McDonnell et al, November 17, 2010.

About GHX

As the business hub for healthcare, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) enables healthcare providers and suppliers in North America and Europe to reduce costs and improve margins by automating processes, reducing operating expenses and increasing knowledge-based decision making. Products and services include trading partner connectivity, order and contract management and validation, data synchronization, sales force automation and business intelligence. Equity owners of GHX are Abbott Exchange, Inc.; AmerisourceBergen Corp.; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; B. Braun Medical Inc.; BD; Boston Scientific Corp.; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Covidien; C.R. Bard, Inc.; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.; GE Healthcare; HCA; Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.; McKesson Corp.; Medtronic USA, Inc.; Owens & Minor; Premier, Inc.; Siemens; University HealthSystem Consortium; and VHA Inc. For more information, visit