The HIMSS Supply Chain Management Special Interest Group (SIG) will be presenting the special session: “A global strategy to accelerate supply chain innovation to strengthen health system quality and safety”. The session will be presented by Anne W. Snowdon, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD, Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Chair, World Health Innovation Network, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor.

Snowdon leads over 15 innovation research initiatives across seven Canadian provinces that collaborate with government, health professionals, private industry, foundations and families.

The SIG group meets annually at The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) to provide informative discussions on healthcare supply chain technologies, systems, and processes.

The session will explore the global challenge of patient safety. Medical error has now become the third leading cause of death in North America, right behind heart disease and cancer. Not only are adverse events devastating for patients and their families; they are very costly to organizations and to the healthcare system.

Snowdon will present a global strategy to improve patient safety and performance that engages global health systems to leverage supply chain innovation using unique device identification (UDI) to reduce the risk of error proactively to enable interventions before an error takes place. Many retrospective approaches focus on learning from errors that have already caused harm.

The global strategy will support the development of a well-developed supply chain infrastructure in clinical environments that would protect patients by making it much less likely for errors to happen, and enable tracking and tracing of products from manufacturer to patient outcomes. This would also enable health systems to more readily identify product performance and value for patients to improve patient safety across healthcare systems.

Please join HPN for this special session at the HIMSS Supply Chain Management SIG meeting Tuesday February 21, 3:45 – 4:45, in EST W209B, at the HIMSS17 annual conference, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.

Please email Jean Sargent, Chair of the HIMSS Supply Chain Special Interest Group at jsargent1209@outlook.com, or krussell@hpnonline.com if you need more information on how to attend or join our group.

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