HSCN provides the signature conference for healthcare supply chain professionals – commencing more than a decade ago, the HSCN conference is attended and respected as the foremost gathering place for healthcare supply chain professionals and leaders.

The 2016 theme Linking the Supply Chain Together illustrates the collaborative nature of supply chain between colleagues within the provider and vendor communities and across the broad spectrum of supply chain and logistics.  It touches on communication, collaboration and innovation – and learning from our own experience as well as from others.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for consideration with a deadline of December 4th at 4:00 pm EST. Sessions should be 45 minutes, including time for a short question-and-answer period.

Please submit the following to Kathryn Knight at administration@hscn.org. The proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length.

  • Presentation title
  • Target audience
  • A summary of the presentation including a description of its focus and participant learning objectives
  • Brief explanation of how the proposed presentation supports a theme of Linking the Supply Chain Together – collaborating and learning
  • Full contact information on the proposed speaker(s) name, title, organization, address, phone and email and assistant’s contact information
  • A brief speaker bio and a speaking reference
  • Note: Marketing of products/services through the session is strictly prohibited

Preference is given to proposals that are focused on learning – internal experience, working with colleagues, and through other industries.  Preference is given to those submissions that include case studies, are solution-based and provide takeaways on topics pertinent to one of the areas listed below:

  • Supply Chain Transformation The value-based care model has created foundational opportunities and challenges for the supply chain. Your story will illustrate a proactive strategy delivering concepts utilizing cost, quality, and outcomes to move supply chain to the forefront in healthcare.  Your journey will include lessons learned.
  • Strategic Sourcing/Procurement
 Share your approach on strategic sourcing practices, both in terms of innovative procurement practices and your learnings from experience or from others within or outside the industry.
  • Technology, Informatics
Your presentation will share your experience to help others understand the latest advancements in healthcare technology. Sharing your story will help others focus on how the field can and will benefit from the IT evolution.
  • Strategic Management in Supply Chain Share your approach to optimize this aspect of supply chain. For example, do you have a unique or innovative approach to the collaborative process of critically analyzing spend and using this information to make business decisions about acquiring commodities, products, equipment, software or services more effectively and efficiently? Your process and the lessons you have learned will help your peers optimize performance, minimize price, and evaluate total life cycle management costs.
  • Clinical Resource Management / Value Analysis Share your team’s expertise in recognizing clinical evidence, financial implications and supply chain tactics required to improve patient care, quality and safety while mitigating escalating healthcare costs. Your presentation should cover key areas of clinical resource management and value analysis, including integration of the value analysis function into key purchasing decisions.
  • Logistics Speak to the work your team has accomplished on the efficient flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption to meet customer requirements.  This may include inventory control and distribution systems, supply utilization review, customer service planning, evaluation and reduction in waste, collaboration with partners as well as information systems improvements that will have a critical impact on organizational success.
Proposal Evaluation and Acceptance 
  • Presentations at HSCN’s Conference & Exhibition will be assigned to areas of interest outlined in this Call for Presentations.
  • Preference is given to proposals that include case studies, are solution-based and provide takeaways on topics pertinent to one of the areas of interest.
  • Members of the HSCN Conference Committee sub-group are responsible for ranking proposals, speakers, and timeliness of topics.
Presentation Logistics
  • Letter of Acceptance: If your proposal is selected, an electronic “Letter of Acceptance” will be sent to you by February 2016. It will include a timeline and templates to assist you in planning.
  • Presentation Guidelines: If your proposal is accepted, you are required to forward your session content on the PowerPoint template provided by HSCN by the deadline included in your Letter of Acceptance. Your organization’s logo may be added in the lower left section. Your materials will be included on the HSCN website members section after the conference.
  • Expenses: Winning presentation submitters will receive a complimentary 2-day conference registration.  Speaker travel, accommodation, pre-conference Professional Development sessions, and other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter. 

Submit your proposals by December 4th, 2015 to administration@hscn.org

We look forward to your participation at HSCN2016.