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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted significant supply chain challenges as provincial health systems across Canada struggle to manage the impact and spread of the coronavirus. Supply chain and logistics infrastructure assumes a critical role to support health services and public health in meeting the unprecedented demands of COVID-19 and ensuring health teams and essential workers have the products and equipment needed to mitigate the impact and spread of COVID-19 through prevention efforts and to achieve optimal outcomes for those who become infected. Supply chain in health systems source and distribute products to ensure health system teams have timely access to the essential products and equipment needed for prevention initiatives and to deliver patient care in an efficient, safe and secure manner. Health services supply chain teams source and distribute everything from beds to ventilators, intravenous (IV) pumps and IV tubing, medications and vaccines, personal protective equipment (PPE), and endotracheal tubes. Some health systems have made progress towards fully integrated supply chains, yet the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated very clearly that a number of challenges remain for health systems to achieve resilient, agile, and responsive supply chain systems capable of sourcing products critical to care delivery for citizens infected with COVID-19 and to support communities to mitigate risk of transmission of the virus.

To improve and inform health system supply chain initiatives, SCAN Health has partnered with Eastern Health, the largest integrated health organization in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and NGen, a not-for-profit organization that matches manufacturing companies with new technologies to drive advanced manufacturing in Canada. Eastern Health provides the full continuum of health services to a regional population of more than 300,000 and are responsible for several unique provincial programs. Over 13,000 health care and support services professionals strive to deliver the best quality of care and health service delivery across Newfoundland and Labrador. Eastern Health extends west from St. John's to Port Blandford and includes all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas. Eastern Health is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister of Health and Community Services according to the Regional Health Authorities Act.

The SCAN Health Design Competition creates a unique opportunity for industry, academia and global partners to collaborate with a health system and respond to the competition challenge with solutions and expertise that offer global recognition for winning teams. It brings specific challenges to the global marketplace, seeking solutions that can advance and support progress of supply chain infrastructure in global health systems that achieves value for populations.

Judging Panel:
Mr. Ron Johnson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eastern Health
Mr. David M. Marcelletti, SHDC20 Chair of Judging Panel; Vice Chair Supply Chain Management, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Alex Mitchell, Clinician, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Dr. Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen – Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
Mr. René Picard, Vice President, Supply Chain Transformation, McKesson Canada
Mr. Jitendra Prasad, Chief Program Officer, Contracting, Procurement and Supply Management, Alberta Health Services
Mr. Mike Schiller, Senior Director, Supply Chain, Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)
Mr. Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health
Dr. Natalia Wilson, Adjunct Faculty Member, Arizona State University
Mr. Steve Wretling, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, HIMSS

Dr. Randy Bradley, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mr. Jeremy Johnson, Director, Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Dr. Yi She, Lead Scientist, Intelligent Automation Inc.

Team Symmetric:
Mr. Rich Kucera, CEO, Symmetric Health Solutions
Mr. Ryan Kissel, COO, Symmetric Health Solutions
Mr. Jon Boerner, CTO, Symmetric Health Solutions
Mr. Tomas Dardet, CMO, Symmetric Health Solutions
Mr. Matt Stone, Vice President, Operations Data and Supply Resiliency, The Resource Group (Ascension)

Session from The Path Forward 2020 virtual event in partnership with SCAN Health, HIMSS and GS1 Canada on December 8, 2020.

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