Supply Chain Visibility Conference
Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL | April 17–18, 2019

How Can Healthcare Companies Improve Demand Planning?

Ensuring medical products are available when they’re needed – during the regular cycles of patient care and during demand spikes caused by epidemics or natural disasters – requires visibility across the supply chain. This unique new working conference brings manufacturers, distributors, group purchasing organizations, and providers together to discuss how all trading partners can work together better to ensure product availability and improve forecasting. Speakers and participants will discuss best practices to improve supply chain visibility and reduce both inventory overruns and shortages.

Why Healthcare Executives Say Visibility Is Critical

What one improvement would you most like to see to increase efficiency across the end-to-end healthcare supply chain?*

  • Improved supply chain collaboration/information-sharing and the use of predictive analytics to have the right products in the right places for the greatest impact on patient care. (Senior VP, Healthcare Manufacturer)
  • A shared model of forecasting/replenishment from end-to-end would provide us with huge gains. (VP Supply Chain, IDN)
  • One thing that would help is better visibility into inventory levels throughout the supply chain--from manufacturer to distributor to end user. (VP, Healthcare Manufacturer)
  • More visibility/transparency in reporting of products through the supply chain from distributor to end user would result in lower costs for all. (CEO, Healthcare Manufacturer)
  • A system based on demand (true consumption), not order history, with end-to-end visibility would reduce obsolescence. (VP Supply Chain, IDN)

*Responses from a 2018 HIDA survey.

Conference Highlights

  • What true “visibility” in the healthcare supply chain requires from trading partners, and how it impacts total costs for all stakeholders
  • How to improve demand signals so manufacturers receive the information required to produce the product quantities that are needed, without waste or shortages
  • What supply chain partners must do to prepare for and respond to hurricanes and public health events
  • Why it’s critical to gain better real-time understanding of consumption, expirations, back orders, and other factors impacting demand, and how to do it

Who Should Attend

  • Supply chain professionals, demand planners and forecasters, operations leaders, inventory management professionals, S&OP professionals, strategic/national accounts leaders
  • Manufacturers, distributors, health system supply chain leaders, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), and IT/solutions providers
  • Anyone else interested in improving demand visibility, forecasting, and inventory availability in the healthcare supply chain

...And Why

  • Connect with other professionals facing the same visibility and inventory availability challenges you are
  • Share ideas and experiences on what’s working and what’s not
  • Guide a new industry initiative to increase visibility and reduce shortages, disruptions, and waste in the supply chain
  • Network with healthcare provider leaders and supply chain partners
  • Take home ideas for improving your company’s supply chain practices

Registration and Pricing

Register online

Register by phone: 866-451-9367

Registration Fees

HIDA or HIDA Educational Foundation member:
$799 per person

Non-member: $1299 per person

Distributor Contact:

Kelley Taft»
Director, Membership

Manufacturer Contact:

Cindy Chen»
Sr. Manager, Associates Program

Registration Policy

Space may be limited. Registration is first-come, first served. Registration forms sent without payment will not be processed. Any photos taken at this event are property of HIDA and can be published without permission in the HIDA materials.

Cancellation Policy

Participants must cancel in writing via mail, email or fax in order to request a refund, less a $35 processing fee. A full refund minus the processing fee will be available prior to March 19, 2019 and a 50% refund will be available between March 20, 2019 and April 4, 2019. While no refunds will be available after April 5, 2019, a company may substitute a registrant at any time without penalty.


Wednesday, April 17

(Times and topics subject to change.)

Welcome and Objectives | 1:30–1:40pm

Opening General Session | 1:40–2:45pm

Break | 2:45–3:10pm

Defining and Pursuing Visibility in the Healthcare Supply Chain | 3:10–3:40pm

Aligning Supply and Demand: Key Success Factors for Effective Forecasting | 3:45–4:30pm

Working Roundtable #1 | 4:30–5:30 pm

The first roundtable will focus on identifying pain points. At individual roundtables, participants from across the supply chain will exchange perspectives on challenges in healthcare supply chain visibility and demand planning, as well as identify barriers to collaboration improvement.

Networking Reception | 5:30–7:00pm

Thursday, April 18

Networking Breakfast | 7:00–8:00am

Panel Discussion: Health System Perspectives on Supply Chain Visibility | 8:00–9:00am
  • How IDN leaders plan and forecast for patient census, procedure volume, and inventory needs
  • When and where problems and shortages are most likely to occur
  • What supply chain partners can do to better collaborate to reduce stock-outs, waste, and other inefficiencies

Case Study: Planning for Seasonal Demand Spikes | 9:00–9:45am

Break | 9:45–10:00am

Case Study: Hurricanes Happen–How to Plan and Prepare | 10:00–10:30am

Coordinating with the Government for Emergency Preparedness: HIDA Government Affairs Update | 10:30–11:00am

Working Roundtable #2 | 11:00am–12:00pm

The second roundtable will focus on identifying and prioritizing improvement opportunities. Outputs from these discussions will inform a new industry initiative to increase visibility and collaboration across the healthcare supply chain.

Networking Lunch | 12:00–1:15pm

Case Study: Collaborating to Reduce Back Orders and Stock-outs | 1:15–2:00pm

Industry Panel: Best-in-Class Practices for Supply Chain Visibility and Inventory Availability | 2:00–2:50pm

Conference Summary and Wrap-Up | 2:50–3:00pm

Event Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - $15,000 (member only)

Includes three registrations, exhibit table, session introduction, sponsor materials in attendee handout packet; and recognition in marketing, web, and onsite slides/signage as Presenting Sponsor.

Sponsor - $5,900 (member) | $9,900 (non-member)
Includes two registrations, exhibit table, recognition in marketing, web, and onsite slides/signage.

Supporter - $2,750 (member) | $6,500 (non-member)
Includes one registration, exhibit table, recognition in marketing, web, and onsite slides/signage.

Hotel Reservation Information – Book Today to Save!

Hyatt Regency Orlando Resort, Florida

Reserve Your Room: Call 888-421-1442, identify yourself as being with HIDA for the group rate.

Rate: $219, single or double, plus 13.625% tax per night.

Hotel Address: 9801 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819

Room Block Cut-Off: March 11, 2019. After the cutoff date, rooms will be booked on a space-available basis only and room rates are subject to change. Name changes on, or other transfers of, room reservations will not be accepted after the cut-off date.

Hotel Cancellation Policy: The cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival date to avoid a 1 night room penalty fee. All no-shows are subject to a 1 night penalty fee.

Sponsorship Contact:

Julie Berry»
Director, Conferences & Sponsorship Sales

Event Contact:

Jeff Girardi»
Director, Industry Affairs