By: Susan D. Knapp, RN, MS, CHVAP
Wow, was that not a great conference? 117 Value Analysis professionals attended plus 38 suppliers/sponsors over the 3 days of the conference. The lineup of speakers was exceptional. The lectures were stimulating, timely, and valuable. Many participants described the conference as “wonderful”, “the best ever”, “great”. The conference committee is very proud to have been able to provide a quality program to our membership.
Our annual conference is always a fun and exciting encounter. VA professionals from across the country come together and network; creating new friendships, reuniting with old friends,
sharing their successes and disappointments. One thing about Value Analysis folks that is universal is that we like to share. We will share whatever we can: information, contacts, experiences, outcomes. One way to do that is to submit an entry to the Wall of Experience, formally known as the Wall of Success. Seven professionals displayed their projects for all to review and those submissions are now available on the website for the membership to view.
Each speaker, each lecture provided a learning opportunity for someone in the audience. Some of the participants are new in their Value Analysis positions. Some have been in the profession for some time yet were able to find tidbits of new information. “Great mix of basic and advanced topics.” Using Excel to Effectively Utilize Large Healthcare Supply Chain Data….. presented by Erin Laird was a great start to Wednesday. Erin provided the attendee’s some insights of what Excel skills are needed and how to organize your data for presentation.
Gloria Graham’s presentation on Clinicians’ Lack of Knowledge on Value Analysis was a synopsis of her doctorate study and evoked responses from attendees to want to implement “education from leadership to end users” and “add value analysis team activities to nursing professional clinical ladder/leader”. Dr. Fernandes and Brenda Lambert presented a timely topic on clinical risk assessment in their presentation, An Innovative Scale to Anticipate Risk and Reduce Error within the Healthcare Supply Chain. “This was completely new information and I will definitely implement (risk assessment) at my hospital.”
Dr. Jimmy Chung returned this year and presented Physician Leadership in Supply Chain: A Model for Patient-Driven Value Network. As the medical director for Medical Products Analysis at Providence Health Systems, Dr. Chung provides a perspective on physician engagement we all love to hear about and want to implement in our own facilities. “I found Dr. Chung’s presentation extremely helpful.”
Several presentations focused on lean, quality and patient outcomes, and waste including Value Analysis – a Lean Approach presented by Kimberly Baker closely followed by Barbara Stain’s Reverse Engineering Value Analysis: Patient Centric and Outcome Driven. The Future of Value Analysis: Evidence Outcomes and Interventions by Liz Fackina. Attendees remarked on practice changes they might implement in their program such as “look at ways to combine PI, Quality initiatives with CVA projects” and “…..attend more meetings internally such as Quality”.
Pathway to Provider-Supplier Collaborations presented by Dennis Orthman provided a lot of food for thought as he encouraged the attendees to look at ‘turning suppliers into cost cutting allies.’ LaTammy Marks and Amin Mokrivata provided some insight into Advancing Your Value Analysis Program: The Power of Data, Integration and Automation. Amin provided a nice Finance perspective.
Then there was Wanda Lane’s Everything Old is New Again: Reclaiming conservative approaches to patient care. Using her wonderful sense of humor Wanda reviewed some ‘old’ practices that have resurfaced and proven to be effective as well as how the generational mix of physicians, nurses and patients pertains to care, products and outcomes. The take away for some attendees was to try and fill any generation gaps on their VA teams.
The closing presentation of the conference was Terry Foster, RN. Terry is an Emergency nurse with a wonderful sense of humor. He provided a light, entertaining closing based on his experiences in the emergency department. It was non-stop laughter throughout the room. “Terry Foster was AWESOME.” “Loved Terry Foster!” “Terry was hilarious – I cried!” The conference ended on a high note as everyone went on their travels to home.
Each year is a learning experience for the attendees as well as the conference committee. The committee values the comments attendees give during and at the conclusion of the conference and we use them to make adjustments and improvements to the conference experience the following year. In particular we added a new feature this year thanks to Owens and Minor University. THE OMU conference app was well received and we learned a great deal from its use. “LOVE the app”. “….app was helpful for engagement and agenda…..” We plan to bring it back next year.
Our increasing membership and attendance at the conference provides the organization the resources to continue to deliver high quality speakers and educational opportunities to the membership. The conference committee will continue to canvas for speakers and topics that will help you to advance your Value Analysis program as well as foster your personal and professional growth. ‘
Thank you to those who attended this year and please let your colleagues know the value you received from the conference presentations and networking opportunities. If you couldn’t attend this year, there is always next year. We will see you all October 19-21, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona.