Transformations Track
Emerging technologies are one of the biggest influences causing the seismic transformation in the healthcare industry.  This track will explore some of these emerging technologies, the challenges they present and the ways they can improve the accessibility and delivery of care, increase patient engagement, and lower the cost of treatment.  Among the topics discussed will be Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 3D Printing.  Medical technology that seems futuristic is happening now and can provide earlier diagnoses, personalized treatments and an astounding array of benefits for both patients and health care providers.  Hear from experts on how you can make sure your organization is at the forefront of the technology wave, instead of lagging one step behind.
Monday, April 16, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
International Ballroom III
According to research conducted by the University of Chicago, the healthcare industry will see a 21% increase in IT jobs by 2020, as technological advances increase the demand for the use of health informatics, mobile technology, cloud systems, and digital diagnostics.  Advanced technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning are game-changers and can now be used for more secure services, enhanced patient care, better diagnoses, improved supply chain management, and more.  These technologies have the potential to save time and minimize the potential for added costs and human error, but is your organization ready for the transformations they are sure to bring as we enter the digital age?
Technological breakthroughs are revolutionizing the way healthcare is being delivered and the quality and accuracy of that care.  But technology affects much more than just the delivery of care.  Healthcare workers want to know how technology change their jobs and how to prepare for those inevitable changes.  How can you stay abreast of these changes when technology advances are being made at an incredible rate?   What is the potential for additional regulations resulting from the use of these technologies and how can your staff be prepared to meet them?  Chris Holt will discuss how many of these technologies will be impacting the healthcare supply chain and how you can prepare your organization to capitalize on their potential. 
Deloitte executives estimate that the healthcare industry will see an aggressive deployment of blockchain, with nearly 35 percent planning to deploy some usage of blockchain in 2018.  One of the primary benefits of blockchain is its security for recording and tracking assets.  However, blockchain is also improving patient safety through the tracking and tracing of regulations of pharmaceuticals and better management of patient records.  For some though, it’s still a foreign language. John Bass will discuss the steps necessary to roll out blockchain with little to no disruption and with C-Suite and staff engagement, understanding and support.  Hear lessons learned and tips for putting blockchain to work for you in your efforts to improve operational efficiency and profitability.  Leave this session with a better understanding of just what blockchain is and what it can do for you.
Learning Objectives: 
1. Describe how to develop strategies for implementing new technological advances in your organization.
2. Discuss what impact changing technology will have on patient care, record keeping, and healthcare careers.
3. Identify three ways that blockchain can improve workflows.
John Bass
Founder & CEO
Hashed Health

Chris Holt
Leader, Global Healthcare
Amazon Business

Monday, April 16, 2018
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
International Ballroom III
The supply chain that began with internal product development and included production, marketing, and finally delivery to the customer, is quickly morphing into a system that is integrated and visible to everyone involved from beginning to end. A number of new technologies are making this possible and those who embrace the digitization of their supply chain will gain competitive advantage in addition to reaping other benefits.  
Part 1 of this session will explore the recent explosion in 3D printing technology and its numerous healthcare applications.  A vast array of usages in medical devices include rapid prototyping, printing of components for medical devices and surgical & dental guides that greatly increase accuracy.  Other frontier applications in the medical field include the ability to print “skin” for grafts for burn victims, prosthetics for amputees, and cartilage and bone for implants.  In addition to improved outcomes, many of these uses could also result in lower costs.  
According to a recent study by Accenture, healthcare’s artificial intelligence market will reach $6.6 billion by 2021.  AI is able to process and analyze enormous amounts of patient data, provide guidance and decision support, and improve clinical workflow.  Though no one expects AI to replace physicians, one recent study found that the majority of healthcare executives believe that artificial intelligence advances will result in a reassessment of most aspects of their business in the near future. 

The possibilities for AI use in healthcare are endless.  Ochsner Health System recently launched a new artificial intelligence technology that provides early warning alerts for patients that experience critical health events.  The goal of this predictive analytics platform, is to minimize the severity and frequency of adverse events and improve patient safety as well.  These platforms promise an added benefit of being relatively inexpensive to implement, while potentially reducing incidents, thus lowering care costs.  Learn more about this innovative application for AI, as well as others that are changing the face of healthcare and how it is delivered.
Learning Objectives: 
1. Identify the benefits of supply chain digitization.
2. Outline the ways that 3D technology can improve outcomes and lower costs.
3. Discuss the importance of high quality, reliable data for the success of AI utilization and the inherent concerns regarding the privacy and security of such data.
Michael Louviere MBA, PD
System VP Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System

Robert Wesley MS Bioengineering
3D Printing Engineer
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Monday, April 16, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
International Ballroom III
Global healthcare spending is expected to increase by 4.3% annually over the next couple of years. You are constantly faced with significant pressures from your Board and regulatory authorities to lower costs. Innovative healthcare supply chains are introducing numerous transformational efforts to lower the cost of care delivery while improving the patients and the clinician’s experiences. But are these efforts innovative or another fruitless exercise? 
Join Ed Hisscock and Joe Walsh who have led efforts to transform their systems operations as well as worked to provide transformation from a technology startup and a larger organization partnership as they discuss their lessons learned in transforming larger healthcare supply chains. Joining Ed and Joe will be a Jesse Bland with Heritage Group, who is on the forefront of identifying technologies that have the potential to disrupt not only the supply chain but healthcare delivery. 
The real learning in this session will come from the audience as you share what has worked and not worked in your organization. The interactive session is designed for you to walk-away with concrete ideas on what could shape your IDN for years to come as well as the solutions you should avoid.
Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the myriad of technology options available to the supply chain that can transform the IDN’s operations. 
2. Categorize the capabilities, applications, and limitations of technology solutions. 
3. Outline the pitfalls to avoid when working through large transformation projects and the impact on your supply chain organization. 
Jesse Bland
Heritage Group

Edward Hisscock
Vice President Clinical Sourcing and Informatics, Transformation Officer, Non-labor Spend
Trinity Health

Joe Walsh
Coach | Educator | Advisor
Supply Chain Sherpas, LLC