The Challenge: +
One of the greatest challenges facing global healthcare systems is patient safety. Medical error has now become the third leading cause of death in North America, right behind heart disease and cancer. These adverse events are devastating for patients and their families – and they are very costly to the organization and the healthcare system.
Many other industries have improved safety and efficiency by implementing supply chain best practices that track and trace products and processes from manufacturer to the end-user. The lack of strategic supply chain management in the world’s healthcare systems makes it difficult to meet growing patient demands for safe care while improving efficiency, managing costs and achieving value for patients.
Clinical supply chain processes could transform the care delivery environment to ensure that adverse events are much less likely to take place.
Our Strategies: +SCAN Health's International Knowledge Translation Platform (IKTP) will mobilize the expert knowledge of supply chain and logistics research in business schools and expertise in industry to work with health system stakeholders including policy makers, funders, health system leaders and clinicians. The global network will accelerate and scale the transformation of health system supply chain into a strategic asset that optimizes value and achieves safer healthcare for Canadians, and populations globally.
Our Impact: +
- Successful adoption and scaling of supply chain best practices through the exchange of information in health systems worldwide.
- Leadership capacity building by mobilizing expertise in industry and business schools to transform health system supply chain.
- Tools and resources developed to share evidence and lessons-learned for the co-creation of supply chain strategies and solutions globally.
- Solutions developed and implemented to address key healthcare supply chain challenges.
- Tracking and tracing products and processes to patient outcomes to improve safety and quality and reduce medical error.
- Global capacity created to measure the impact of adopting and scaling supply chain best practices in healthcare.
- Cost savings achieved through optimizing e-commerce processes in health systems.
Supply Chain Maturity Assessment Tool
SCAN Health leverages the highly successful HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) strategy to create a Strategic Supply Chain Maturity Scale. The Strategic Supply Chain Maturity Scale engages and guides health organizations and regional health networks to analyze their progress and accomplishments in achieving a strategic supply chain strategy for their organization(s). The tool offers an online strategy to inform organizations and health systems of the key milestones necessary to achieve strategic supply chain transformation in health systems. This gives organization leaders the guideposts for progressing along the journey towards supply chain transformation to achieve a fully digital, traceable supply chain across global health systems. It also creates an opportunity for comparison of supply chain progress and outcomes across organizations, regions and global jurisdictions by comparing the uptake and progress towards the scale’s seven levels of supply chain maturity.
Annual SCANH Business and Design Case Competition
Leadership capacity for health sector supply chain and logistics requires business schools to prepare and educate the next generation of leaders to have the competencies necessary for transformation of the health sector supply chain. This Business Case Competition encourages business school teams to include students from health sciences faculties as team members to collaborate across faculties. The Business Case Competition mobilizes business school expertise in supply chain and logistics to be applied to health sector business cases of real world supply chain challenges. Cross faculty and student teams enable dissemination of supply chain and logistics concepts to students in clinical programs to build knowledge and awareness of how supply chain can support patient safety and system performance among future clinicians.
Annual SCANH Networking Event
Our annual, multi-stakeholder strategic health sector supply chain networking event will broker relationships and knowledge exchange between network stakeholders. These face-to-face gatherings include fostering collaboration on supply chain initiatives and projects, creating dialogue focused on key challenges and priorities for health systems. They also allow for the profiling of best/promising practices as evidence of progress towards a strategic supply chain, developing a global registry of product and patient outcomes, and scaling supply chain initiatives across global borders.
Supply Chain Online Learning Platform
Online learning forums enable partners to come together on key priorities and learning opportunities to profile “best practice” achievements in supply chain transformation for knowledge sharing.
- Business Case and Design Competitions
- Online Learning Platform
- Annual Networking Event
- Supply Chain Maturity Scale
The Business Case Competitions will mobilize business school expertise in supply chain and logistics to be applied to health sector business cases of real world supply chain challenges. Cross faculty and student teams will enable dissemination of supply chain and logistics concepts to students in clinical programs to build knowledge and awareness of how supply chain can support patient safety and system performance among future clinicians.
Design Competitions create a forum for industry to engage with health systems to design the solutions needed to advance supply chain transformation to support traceability of products linked to patient outcomes, and streamline e-commerce and inventory processes to achieve cost effective, sustainable health systems. Health System partners identify system challenges, industry teams respond to the Design challenge with solutions that leverage the extensive expertise of industry in supply chain and logistics processes to inform and advance supply chain processes in health systems worldwide.