Jason Kelley: May 19, 2020


Groundbreaking Solution Helps Healthcare Organizations and Government Agencies in the US and Canada Rapidly Identify and Onboard Alternative Vendors


Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services


COVID-19 has greatly affected supply chains as factories and businesses close around the world, creating new challenges for workers and consumers. Healthcare workers and other first responders understand firsthand the impact that the current pandemic is having on supply chains in their race to acquire PPE. Supply chains are stretched incredibly thin, and while businesses have reorganized to begin producing critical goods, from apparel companies making masks or automotive companies making ventilators, these companies are typically disconnected from the healthcare procurement system. Now, these unconventional suppliers can be matched with healthcare facilities and government agencies in urgent need.


As part of its approach to combating COVID-19 with technology solutions, IBM recently announced Rapid Supplier Connect. Rapid Supplier Connect is a blockchain-based network to help government agencies and healthcare organizations identify new, non-traditional suppliers who have pivoted to address the shortage of equipment, devices and supplies needed for COVID-19 relief efforts. To help combat the current shortages, many large and small businesses from outside the traditional healthcare procurement system are reconfiguring to mass produce masks, gowns and other essential supplies. In order to begin purchasing from them at scale, buyers — including hospitals, state procurement divisions, pharmacies and others — need help identifying these new suppliers, efficiently vetting and on-boarding them, and understanding in real-time their inventory availability. This new network also helps identify existing supplies and excess inventory going unused, allowing hospitals to redirect excess supplies to where they are needed most.

Suppliers and buyers currently joining the network include hospitals and other organizations such as some of New York’s largest healthcare providers, and The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, which is onboarding more than 200 American suppliers from its 3,000 global community members. Rapid Supplier Connect is available at no cost until August 31, 2020 to qualifying buyers and suppliers in the United States and Canada.


Jason Kelley is available to discuss the launch of Rapid Supplier Connect, how blockchain technology is supporting supply chains and hospital workers, and how technology can be used to find new solutions in the fight against COVID-19.

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Jason Kelley leads IBM Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.


Mr. Kelley has been a successful entrepreneur, as well as a business unit creator for IBM having led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design & Innovation, and helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention with the application of Agile, DevOps and innovative technology. His teams bring endless energy, creativity, and outcomes for IBM clients around the world, delivering unique business capability with the marriage of analytics, automation/robotics, Watson, and cloud technologies.


A holder of 4 U.S. Patents Jason is also a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger veteran, serves on a number of boards, is Co-Chair of the Nation Security Innovation Council, and leads the community of black employees & mentors (BEAM) globally for the IBM Services organization.





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