VP of Healthcare Value
GHX (Global Healthcare Exchange)
A healthcare delivery scientist, Karen Conway advocates for the role of supply chain as a critical enabler of a value-based healthcare system that optimizes the cost and quality of care, while improving both equity and sustainability in the delivery of care. She applies extensive knowledge of supply chain operations and systems thinking to align processes and data to generate evidence on what improves health of people and populations as well as the performance of organizations upon which an effective healthcare system depends. Conway is an internationally recognized expert on unique device identification (UDI) regulation, advising both government and commercial leaders about the systems and process changes required to achieve the intended value of the regulation. She was a founder of the AHRMM Learning UDI Community, which serves as a model for collaborative community development by global regulators seeking to enact UDI regulation.
Conway is a former national chair of AHRMM, the supply chain association for the American Hospital Association and co-chairs a CFO Advisory Council with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She serves as board secretary for Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), and as a member of the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team and the healthcare advisory board for CAPS Research. In 2020, Conway delivered closing remarks on sustainability in the health sector at a G20 Summit pre-event and led the supply chain curriculum at the 2021 national summit on health equity. Conway co-wrote a best-selling book on global leadership, Leading from the Edge, published by ATD in 2013 and was a contributing author to the Springer publication eBusiness in Healthcare. Her monthly column in Healthcare Purchasing News is among the publication’s most well-read. Conway holds a masters in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University and a bachelors degree from The Colorado College.