Supply Chain Leaders Share Best Practices, Offer Solutions, And Network At The HIDA Streamlining Healthcare Expo & Business Exchange

October 17, 2019

Alexandria, Va. – Leaders from over 300 distributor, manufacturer, group purchasing, and provider organizations met in Chicago to advance business excellence in the healthcare supply chain at the 2019 HIDA Streamlining Healthcare Expo & Business Exchange.

More than 1,200 business-to-business meetings took place during the event, held Sept. 24-26. Participants also enjoyed a suite of educational sessions led by seasoned experts. Recurring themes from these conversations include:

The healthcare supply chain is getting more complex. Health system leaders who attended the expo described the challenges they face as their companies merge with other systems and look for new ways to manage non-acute sites. Providers are asking their GPO and distributor partners to provide more complex services.

Cohesive partnerships are essential. It’s imperative that distributors, manufacturers, GPOs, and providers work closely together. GPO participants shared actionable advice for improving pricing accuracy. Providers detailed how distributors help supply chain operations run smoothly and health system leaders meet strategic targets.

Distributors play a vital role in streamlining operations. Participating health systems and GPOs need help improving their contracting processes and implementing strategic initiatives. Many manufacturers seek assistance in reaching potential customers. All parties identified a need for common practices and standard definitions. Distributors are well-positioned to help partners in the supply chain meet these needs.

“The Streamlining Expo & Business Exchange is the one opportunity every year where participants from across the supply chain can meet to conduct business,” said HIDA President and CEO Matthew J. Rowan. “The growing participation of GPOs and health systems makes the event truly where the industry meets.”

HIDA’s next Streamlining Healthcare Expo & Business Exchange takes place in Chicago, IL, September 22–24, 2020.

About HIDA

The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) is the premier trade association representing medical products distribution. HIDA members offer services that increase the efficiency of the nation's hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, and other healthcare providers. For more information, visit For more information on HIDA’s Streamlining Healthcare initiative, visit

About HIDA’s Streamlining Healthcare Expo & Business Exchange

HIDA’s Streamlining Healthcare Expo & Business Exchange is the industry’s go-to-market event connecting manufacturers with all the channel and trading partners that direct or influence the selection, contracting, evaluation, sale, and delivery of thousands of medical products and solutions across the care continuum. For more information, visit

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