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Getting Healthcare Reform Done with the Entire Supply Chain
Date:4/19/2011

DALLAS, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GHX CEO Bruce Johnson along with former Senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschle addressed an audience of over 600 healthcare business leaders this morning on the challenges and opportunities in designing and delivering a sustainable healthcare system at the opening keynote of the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit.  

The three-day event is focused on the future of the healthcare supply chain with participants from hospitals and medical-surgical suppliers across North America and Europe addressing a range of critical issues facing the industry.  Most notable among the issues discussed this morning was the need for greater data visibility as well as collaboration among suppliers and providers in order to meet the demands pressing on the healthcare system.

Bruce Johnson on the Cost/Quality Equation in Healthcare

"The global challenge in healthcare is going after the cost/quality equation," said GHX CEO Bruce Johnson in his opening keynote address.  "We need end-to-end data visibility within the supply chain in order to create value. If we create this visibility in a purposeful way that allows for informed decision making, it allows us to take costs out of the system. When we combine visibility and illumination and innovative people together, we can create intelligent healthcare."

"The industry is facing demands for real-time, precise knowledge about business transactions, patients, product lines, markets and customers," continued Johnson.  "The industry needs a 360-degree supply chain that connects everything from data captured at the point of use all the way back to the point of manufacture, and everything in between."  Johnson closed with his commitment to the industry pledging that GHX will be a change agent for healthcare through its 360-degree supply chain; committing to taking cost, waste and inefficiencies out of the system; and committing to he
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