October 24, 2013
Distributor Execs Share Supply Chain Insights at HIDA
Streamlining Healthcare Conference 2013
Leader panelists Chris Fagnani and EV Clarke.
Signs of optimism seen for independent physician market.
Alexandria, Va. – HIDA’s annual Streamlining Healthcare Conference attracted hundreds of distributors,
manufacturers, and providers to the nation’s capital to discuss strategic responses to a transforming healthcare environment.
Attendees heard insights on the healthcare supply chain during provider panel discussions and in six Leaders in Healthcare Amphitheater interviews, featuring more than a dozen distributor and manufacturer executives:
McKesson Medical-Surgical President Stanton McComb expresses optimism about the physician market. “We believe that independent physician practices will maintain a prominent place in our healthcare ecosystem for the foreseeable future,” says McComb.
Mercedes Medical COO Andy Wright predicts improving technology will allow providers to make quick, informed decisions. “We’re beginning to see early development of mobile apps with a tie-in to medical devices and distributor websites. Improved ordering functionality, inventory monitoring and data analytics are all areas where we think the market is heading,” explains Wright.
Lynn Medical owner Chris Fagnani describes how distribution’s future success lies in services. “Supply chain partners are asserting themselves by focusing more on services and technology than disposables, particularly with electronic medical record consulting. The ‘whole product’ concept, which allows physicians to save time and practice medicine effectively, should be adopted industry-wide,” comments Fagnani.
Stanton McComb with HIDA's Matt Rowan.
HIDA's annual conference centers on networking between supply chain partners and allows attendees to coordinate multiple meetings with key industry stakeholders. The next Streamlining Healthcare Conference takes place in Chicago, Ill., September 30 – October 2, 2014.
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The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) is the premier trade association representing medical products distribution. HIDA members primarily serve the nation’s hospital, long term care, and physician/alternate care markets. For more information, visit www.HIDA.org. For more information on HIDA’s Streamlining Healthcare initiative, visit www.streamlininghealthcare.org.