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Eliminating Supply Chain Waste: OEM and Hospital Collaboration

 Product Management  Regulatory/Clinical Affairs   Supply Chain Management
 Executive Management   Manufacturing 

The implantable device supply chain is ripe with waste—more than $5 billion in inefficiencies has been documented in the U.S. alone. Awareness provides a unique opportunity for orthopaedic device manufacturers and their customers to collaborate in reducing these costs. Shared nearly equally by manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations, these inefficiencies represent more than a 12 percent overhead on healthcare spending. Karen Conway, Executive Director of Industry Relations for GHX, previously wrote about a pilot program under which orthopaedic OEMs and healthcare systems are partnering to develop best practices surrounding data synchronization, process automation, case preparation and product documentation. An OEM and hospital will come together to present methods identified for successful collaboration, implementation and cost saving results.


karen webKaren Conway
Executive Director of Industry Relations

As executive director for industry relations at GHX, Karen Conway works internationally with standards bodies, government agencies, analysts and academic researchers, industry associations and both suppliers and their customers to identify opportunities to optimize supply chain operations and improve business and clinical performance.

Prior to joining GHX, Ms. Conway served as principal of Conway Associates, a strategic communications firm built on the principles of continuous quality improvement and based on her business partner’s firsthand experience working with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Procter & Gamble and Walmart. She has also worked as a journalist and in government and regulatory affairs.

Ms. Conway is co-author of Leading from the Edge and a contributing author for the book e-Business in Healthcare. She recently chaired a UDI conference in Europe and led the healthcare supply chain discussion at the inaugural Cisco Internet of Things Global Forum.

Bob Vitoux
Vice President Commercial Operations

Prior to being named Vice President of Commercial Operations, Mr. Vitoux was Vice President of Finance for Biomet’s US Orthopedics.

Steve-Chyung webSteve Chyung
Vice President of Supply Chain
SCL Health Systems

Mr. Chyung joined SCL Health System in November 2011 and has established a systemwide supply chain group to drive significant productivity programs that have been a critical component of SCL’s financial turnaround. Prior to SCL, Mr. Chyung held several leadership positions with Novartis where his responsibilities included establishing global Centers of Excellence in Europe, Asia and Latin America.