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HSCN provides the signature conference for healthcare supply chain professionals. Now celebrating the conference’s 10th anniversary, the HSCN National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference is attended and respected as the foremost gathering place for healthcare supply chain professionals and leaders.
The 2017 Theme The Leading Edge of New Horizons highlights the many achievements within the supply chain and showcases the value that supply chain brings to the healthcare sector. Together, colleagues across the provider and vendor communities connect to combine their knowledge, experience and passion for healthcare outcomes, to collaborate on innovative solutions that add value to our Canadian healthcare system.
We are now accepting presentation proposals for consideration with a deadline of December 2nd 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 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 The Leading Edge of New Horizons
  • 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 and innovation – 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 and collaborative approach to critically analyze spend and use 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 in February 2017. 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, and other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.
Submit your proposals by December 2nd, 2016 to

We look forward to your participation at HSCN2017.