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The Healthcare Supply Chain to Connect in Chicago for the 2008 GHX Supply Chain Summit

More than 500 hospital and supplier representatives expected to attend

healthcare's largest forum focused on all supply chain participants

LOUISVILLE, Colo., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 hospital and supplier representatives will gather in Chicago, April 16-18 for the 2008 GHX Supply Chain Summit to share best practices and identify opportunities for greater collaboration to improve operational performance. The GHX Supply Chain Summit is the largest healthcare forum in the U.S. focused on both the buy and sell side of the supply chain. GHX currently facilitates transactions between more than 6000 providers and 600 suppliers in North America. Participation in GHX is not a prerequisite to attend the event.

Highlights of this year's event include presentations and panel discussions on enhancing the role the supply chain plays in supporting clinical functions and increasing patient safety. The Summit will close with an inside look at this fall's presidential election, including the impact on healthcare, with former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who also serves as chairman of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.
Other agenda highlights include:

For Providers:

-- Utilizing artificial intelligence to create a content management

strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of your entire


-- What innovative hospitals are doing in the area of AP automation,

presented by Paystream Advisors

-- Linking supply chain, clinical and financial data to address higher

physician preference item costs, declining reimbursements and demands

for price and quality transparency

For Suppliers

-- Building a best-in-class framework for business intelligence, presented

by The Aberdeen Group

-- Using technology to better manage and track consignment inventory to

improve visibility and reduce loss

-- Standardizing order processing channels to reduce costs and improve

customer service

-- Globalization strategies to maximize organizational efficiencies,

reduce costs and create new market growth

To view the complete agenda for the Supply Chain Summit or to register, visit

About GHX

GHX enables healthcare providers and suppliers in North America and Europe to reduce costs and improve margins by automating processes, reducing operating expenses and increasing knowledge-based decision making. Products and services include trading partner connectivity, order and contract management and validation, data synchronization, sales force automation and business intelligence. Equity owners of GHX are Abbott Exchange, Inc.; AmerisourceBergen Corp.; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; B Braun Medical Inc.; Becton, Dickinson & Co.; Boston Scientific Corp.; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Covidien; C.R. Bard, Inc.; Fisher Scientific International, Inc.; GE Healthcare; HCA; Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.; McKesson Corp.; Medtronic USA, Inc.; Owens & Minor; Premier, Inc.; Siemens; University HealthSystem Consortium; and VHA Inc. For more information, visit

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