por Diana Bradley
, Staff Writer | April 19, 2012
From the April 2012 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
DMBN: When recalling previous IDN Summit and Reverse Expo events, what stands out?
KELLY: At September’s IDN Summit and Expo, we had executives responsible for mobilizing relief efforts for St. John’s Hospital of Joplin, Mo., which was destroyed in a deadly tornado last May. Staff members from the hospital came to our event and spoke of what they went through in their time of crisis. Our attendees really opened up their pockets and ended up raising over $40,000 to aid the hospital. For me, this was the most memorable occasion that sticks out from all past IDN Summit and Reverse Expo events.
DMBN: Moving forward, what are your future plans for the IDN Summit and Reverse Expo?
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KELLY: Something showing a strong trend for us is a bit of a deeper dive for our content into the more clinical side of health care supply chain operations. This has really taken off for us and I believe this trend will continue. I think we are also going to continue the theme of “giving back.”
DMBN: What is your take on health care delivery and how do you think it can improve?
KELLY: Over the last few years, there has been a lot of debate and uncertainty about this marketplace. A lot of this has been caused by Congress and the president trying to debate health care reform. What I am really seeing now is there are a number of health care organizations saying we are going to change our operations and move forward. I think those folks are going to end up being the winners. Meanwhile, some other folks are not reacting to that change and that’s going to be very detrimental to their future. There are going to be some winners and some losers anytime there is change. But I think change is happening, is being accepted and the marketplace is moving that way. We believe change can bring opportunities for health systems to provide better patient care and to improve their businesses or organizations. And we also believe it can be good for suppliers. We want to be on the forefront of that change and help people understand how it can present opportunities for them.
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