Focus Groups offer providers a small-group research setting in which to share observations and insights on issues having the greatest impact in the healthcare supply chain.  Host companies welcome your opinion on industry trends, business priorities and more.  Focus Groups are for providers only and each is limited to 10 attendees.  
 
For more information on Fall 2017 Focus Groups, please contact Lisa Ponssa at 859.309.6725.  The Spring 2017 Focus Groups are below.
 
2017 Spring IDN Summit Focus Groups
Innovations in Healthcare Procurement
 
Amazon Business is a new marketplace on Amazon.com that combines the selection, convenience, and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits tailored to healthcare. Chris Holt, Leader, Global Healthcare, discussed innovations in healthcare procurement, received input from attendees on Amazon innovations to date and feedback on creating the ideal channel for healthcare products.  
 
Will RFID Replace Bar Code Scanning in the Healthcare Supply Chain?
 
While there are potential long-term benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), it appears that widespread adoption of the technology for supply chain applications in healthcare is still a few years away. This focus group discussed RFID adoption within healthcare and asked the question: Will RFID technology replace bar code scanning for medical supplies in the hospital setting?
 
 
Overcoming Critical Challenges to Gaining Purchased Services Cost Savings 
 
Healthcare organizations are under extreme pressure to reduce operating costs.  What areas are you targeting in order to both realize savings and improve margins?  With the myriad of challenges that you face, how are you achieving purchased services cost savings?  The attendees in this focus group offered insight on these six core challenges and what methods they have implemented to overcome them to achieve sustainable purchased services cost savings.
 
1. Regularly mining data required for purchased services analytics and sourcing
2. Benchmarking comparative purchased services performance
3. Sustainably gaining purchased services savings through price and usage reduction
4. Gaining stakeholder buy-in
5. Building a purchased services sourcing team and required skills
6. Establishing an effective process in quasi-centralized sourcing environments
 
 
 
Future Imaging Trends and Needs in the OR and GI Lab​
 
Imaging equipment in the Operating Room (OR) and GI lab are critical in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The market has evolved from SD to HD and new technologies like 4K, Robotics, 3D, NBI, and Near-InfraRed with ICG are taking the imaging space to the next level. So will a technology be crowned King? Or will all of these technologies hold a place at the Roundtable? In this interactive session, attendees shared their insights on the technology, clinical, and financial trends impacting the future of endoscopy and surgical camera systems and discussed what else is required to support this migration.  Other topics included what shifts are occurring, in both the consumer and medical markets, that will change the demands of surgeons, nurses, staff, and hospitals with respect to surgical and diagnostic visualization and determining how to best support  health systems with this evolution. 
 
Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics: The Future of Capturing and Mining Data to
Identify and Achieve Cost Savings to Improve Financial Health​
 
Many organizations have benefited from leveraging retrospective analytics with the ability to mine and articulate supply spend and savings opportunities by supplier, category, on/off-contract, etc.  Some are combining supply cost with clinical data for analysis of cost-per-procedure and variations by physician or specialty; however few have transitioned to the future of analytics where big data and machine learning are used to proactively search for new cost savings opportunities.  Mercy/ROi presented solutions and ideas to elicit thoughts and ideas from focus group attendees to gain critical insights into the gaps and opportunities to capture, mine, share and utilize data to improve financial health.