The COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant fragilities in the configuration of global healthcare supply chains. This was felt acutely by citizens, patients and healthcare workers across Canada. As demand for critical medical products surged in Canada, and globally, provincial healthcare supply chain teams worked to rapidly stabilize their supply chains. These efforts indicate the emerging features of healthcare supply chain resilience. Results suggest that there are five emerging features: (1) redundancy of supply inventory; (2) diversification of suppliers across geographies; (3) maturity of digital infrastructure to create transparency; (4) proactivity; and (5) equity of distribution to protect the lives of all.
The Emerging Features of Healthcare Supply Chain Resilience: Learning from a Pandemic