In a 2-day summit held last September 22–23 in Cleveland, speakers considered how supply chain technology can cost-effectively help providers transition from a “volume-based patient care model” to a “value-based model.” Hosted by PartsSource Inc, the event featured speakers including Richard Adams, president-elect, ACHE NE Ohio and senior management, Summa Health; A.J. Hyland, former president & CEO, ?Hyland Software; Thomas Graham, MD, chief innovation officer, ?Cleveland Clinic; and Anil Jain, MD, SVP and chief medical information officer, Explorys Inc.

In roundtables and breakout sessions, members of clinical engineering and imaging departments participated in discussions on healthcare ecosystem leadership, transforming clinical engineering through technology, and overcoming departmental silos with effective collaboration.

Describing the event in a press release, PartsSource president and CEO Philip Settimi said, “Historically, hospital supply chains focused only on material management, price negotiation, and order placement.” In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, he added, the situation has changed dramatically: “Now, hospital supply chains are seen as disciplines that cross clinical and financial management to eliminate waste and enhance patient care.” The goal of the PartsSource event, he said, was to assist “the industry with this dramatic cultural and operational shift” by “creating forums for meaningful interaction.”

The 2014 Healthcare Summit for Clinical Engineering was held at the The Global Center for Health Innovation.