UISS Update – Spring 2024 Newsletter

UISS Newsletter

UISS kicked off 2024 by introducing our Weekly Newsletter. In an effort to streamline our communications, UISS now sends out one weekly news and updates email, where you will find communications regarding valuable UISS news and information, Premier Weekly Contract Updates, and the Acurity Industry Insider Newsletter, when available. If you do not receive our newsletter and would like to, please contact Mary Brisson at mbrisson@iroquois.org to be added to our distribution list.

UISS Educational Scholarship Program 2024

The UISS Supply Chain scholarship program was introduced in January 2024. The Scholarship program offers funds to IHA and UISS Supply Chain staff for education and development within the field of Supply Chain Management. We are happy to report that awards have been made to 17 UISS and IHA applicants to help the supply chain community with career and staff development through participation in AHRMM membership, educational programs and CMRP certification. Congratulations to the awardees!

Informational Vendor Briefing – Change Healthcare/Optum Cybersecurity Incident

On Monday, March 4, 2024. IHA and UISS hosted an informational vendor briefing to share information on the significant impact of the Change Healthcare/Optum cybersecurity incident on the healthcare industry and our members. To view the slides from this briefing, please click here.

Supply Chain Forum

UISS held its third Supply Chain Forum on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. The Supply Chain Forum was designed to bring like-minded supply chain executives across our membership together to share challenges, exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and provide insights on the supply chain environment on micro and macro level. It is a 60-minute program that includes trending topics, networking and best practice sharing as we cultivate this community for our members. To view the presentation, click here.

IHA/UISS Regional Energy Initiative-Informational Session

UISS partnered with Zenith Energy on Thursday, April 11, 2024 to host an informational session on a regional energy initiative designed to drive savings, achieving lower energy rates through an aggregated purchase of natural gas and electricity supply. Participating members’ energy usage was combined and brought to market in a price bidding competition with the goal of driving pricing for all. Pricing was based on each Members’ unique start dates and load shape, but with the understanding that the commodity suppliers must bid their best prices to win participation from the group. This approach drives down supplier margins and gets pricing closer to wholesale. Each Member received a report of the outcomes specific to their organization and then had to decide on the course of action (contract or decline). For the slides from this presentation, click here.

Save the Date: Premier Breakthroughs 2024

Mark your calendars because Breakthroughs 2024 is on the horizon, and you won’t want to miss it!

Breakthroughs 2024 will be held from July 23 – 25, 2024 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Breakthroughs 2024 is an opportunity to connect with like-minded healthcare professionals, gain inspiration from world-class speakers, and explore the latest technologies and innovations that are driving healthcare forward. It’s not about one person or one institution — it’s about all of us coming together, united in our commitment to advancing patient care. Registration is now open! To learn more about Breakthroughs or view the agenda, visit the website. If you have questions, contact Mary Brisson, Program Administrator, at (315) 410-6467 or email mbrisson@iroquois.org.