Windsor, Ontario (March 31, 2023) – As part of a COVID-19 rapid research response program, a group of Canadian researchers have developed 16 publications over the past three years that examined the effectiveness of federal-provincial-territorial supply chain coordination during the pandemic. This collection of work will inform policy recommendations and supply chain strategies to prepare health systems during public health emergencies and ensure Canadians can access safe, timely and quality care when and where it is needed.
“In disrupting healthcare supply chains, the pandemic exposed the crucial role of the health system's capacity to deliver health services to Canadians. It is imperative we continue to strengthen a coordinated, evidence-informed strategy across provinces and territories that is proactive and capable of protecting the health of every citizen,” said Dr. Anne Snowdon, Scientific Director and CEO, SCAN Health and Chief of Scientific Research, HIMSS.
This research will provide policy recommendations on the role of federal government to support provincial health systems to ensure effective supply chain management processes that will meet the needs of health services teams, strengthen population health outcomes, and advance economic recovery. The topics offer a unique perspective that blends industry expertise, practical experience, and academic research to provide actionable insights and strategies for healthcare supply chain management.
Our 16 publications of findings are published in full open access:
Dr. Snowdon led a team of 18 researchers from across Canada in this study that was supported in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is now building on this body of research and leading a community of practice for health supply chain resilience with over 40 partners and funding in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). SCAN Health’s content is designed to inform and educate healthcare professionals, administrators, and policymakers about the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in the field.