SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition 2018/2019

Welcome to the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition 2018/2019! Please register your team to receive access to the competition submission area. If you have already registered your team, please login to manage your project!


Key dates:

September 21, 2018 Business Case Competition Official Launch
October 15 - October 28, 2018 11:59 PM ET Round One
November 14, 2018 Semi-Finalist Announcement
November 14 - November 27, 2018 11:59 PM ET Round Two
January 14, 2019 Top Three Winning Team Announcement

Prizes

  • 1st Place: $4,000 CAD
  • 2nd Place: $2,500 CAD
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 CAD
  • The Top 3 teams will be profiled on the SCAN Health website and social media
  • Opportunity to attend SCAN Health events for the Top 3 teams.
  • Competition Overview +

    The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition 2018/2019 is a virtual, international competition proudly hosted by the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor in Canada for undergraduate and graduate students from business schools world-wide. The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition provides students from around the world an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, skills and innovative solutions to advance supply chain and logistics in the health sector.
  • Submission Requirements +

    In Round 1, teams are required to submit a one-page Executive Summary (max. 500 words, references not included, appendices not permitted) and a PowerPoint presentation (max. 20 Slides) outlining the team’s case analysis. Teams are judged based on the following:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of key issues in the case: Submission acknowledges key issues in the case and other issues that present themselves throughout the case. Submission demonstrates a clear and comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities for strengthening traceability of blood products from "vein to vein" presented in the case.
    2. Development of ideas to address the strategic issues in the case on page 16: The solution addresses key issues in the case:
    • Automation of supply chain tracking and traceability of blood products;
    • Integration of supply chain processes with hospital care processes;
    • Use of technology to strengthen supply chain processes;
    • Patient safety outcomes and impact;
    • Reduction of the discard (waste) of blood products; and
    • Demand forecasting and utilization of blood products to support sustainability of blood supply.
    1. Proposed solution and action plan: Strategy that is feasible, scalable across the CBS network, creative and investment is reasonable to achieve a scalable solution. Includes a high-level implementation and action plan.
    2. Development of outcome measures to evaluate proposed solutionKey outcome measures are clearly defined. Strategy to evaluate the value and impact of the solution is described in the submission.
    3. Written Communication Skills:Submission is clear, well stated and professional.

    In Round 2, short-listed competitors will develop a more comprehensive recommendation and strategic action plan, including an implementation plan, evaluation of alternatives and scalability of the team’s solution. A more detailed judging criteria will be provided at the start of Round 2. Teams are required to submit a video presentation (max. 15 minutes) on the team's proposed strategy, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation (unlimited slides).

  • Eligibility +

    The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition is open to all university undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the 2018/2019 academic school year, globally. There is a maximum of four university students per team. All team members must be from the same school. Each team is encouraged to have a faculty lead from their home school and a health system leader or expert to support the team’s success. A student cannot participate on more than one team.
  • Rules +

    SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition Rules

    1. The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition is open to all University graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 2018/2019 academic school year.
    2. A team of maximum four members can participate in the competition. Each team is encouraged to have a Faculty lead from their home school and a health system leader or expert to support the team’s success.
    3. Entry to the competitions is restricted to one registration and submission only per team.
    4. A student cannot participate in two teams.
    5. Only one registration per team is required on the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform www.SCANHealth.ca/virtual-case-competition
    6. All team members must be confirmed before submitting team solutions for Round 1.
    7. There are only two rounds for the competition, winning teams will be contacted directly via email and will be announced on the competition website.
    8. The competition will run from September 21st to January 14th, 2019.
    9. Competition prizes are as follows: 1st place: $4,000, 2nd place: $2,500, 3rd place: $1,000. The Top 3 teams will be profiled on the SCAN Health website and social media and will have an opportunity to consider attending SCAN Health events.
    10. Competitors are allowed to use external information such as the use of available information on the internet regarding the case to ensure submitting a robust strategy.
    11. In Round 1, competitors will demonstrate their understanding of the case and will be evaluated based on the demonstration of their understanding, A comprehensive analysis of the challenges presented in the case, the development of three ideas to address the strategic challenge identified in the case, and an analysis of effective outcome measures to evaluate the proposed solution.
    12. In Round 2, short-listed competitors will develop a more comprehensive recommendation and strategic action plan, including an implementation plan, evaluation of alternatives and scalability of the team’s solution.
    13. In both rounds, competitors will be evaluated on their written communication and presentation skills.
    14. Using the online SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform, in Round 1 teams are required to submit a one-page Executive Summary (max. 500 words, references not included, appendices not permitted) and a PowerPoint presentation (max. 20 Slides) outlining the team’s case analysis based on the evaluation criteria. In Round 2, teams are required to submit a video presentation (max. 15 minutes) on the team's proposed strategy addressing the evaluation criteria, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation (unlimited slides).
    15. When submitting video presentations, competitors are not permitted to mention their school name or make any reference to their school to avoid possible biases during judging. During their presentation, competitors may introduce themselves and their teammate(s) by their names only.
    16. Any reference to a team’s school name may result in a disqualification from the competition.
    17. Competitors are required to submit original PowerPoint content and template only. Any evidence of the use of other templates from proprietor organizations (i.e. consulting) may result in a disqualification. Academic honesty is expected of all competitors. Competitors are expected to behave in a manner that ensures their work is judged accurately and fairly. Plagiarism, unauthorized collusion, or cheating in any form may result in a disqualification from the competition.
    18. The judges’ decision is final and participants will be allowed to view their final score upon request.
    19. Late entries may be disqualified.
  • Judges +

    The competition’s Panel of Judges includes world-renowned academics, health system leaders, industry experts and policy-makers with distinguished knowledge and expertise in global health system transformation and supply chain strategy. Their purpose is to adjudicate competition submissions, provide criteria for judging and facilitate the judging panel to determine the winning submissions. The judges are:

     

    • Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services (CAN)
    • Prof. John Blake, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University & Research Engineer, Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation (CAN)
    • Prof. Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor IS and SCM, University of Tennessee (US) 
    • Mr. Peter Brereton, CEO, TECSYS Inc. (CAN)
    • Mr. Paul Broadbridge, CEO, Digital Bridge Consulting & Government Director, GS1 Australia (AUS)
    • Mr. Ron Johnson, VP & CIO, Eastern Health (CAN)
    • Mr. Feargal McGroarty, National Haemophilia System Project Manager, St. James Hospital (IE) 
    • Mr. Peter O'Halloran, CIO, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health (AUS) 
    • Prof. Julie Paquette, Associate Professor, HEC Montreal (CAN)
    • Prof. Kevin Schulman, Professor, Medicine, Business Administration and Global Health, Duke University (US)
  • F.A.Q. +

    • What is the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition?

      The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition is the second of four invitational business case competitions designed to build leadership capacity for excellence and innovation in supply chain and logistics strategies in global health systems. This international case competition will bring together the best business school teams in the world to mobilize knowledge and create solutions to advance supply chain capacity in global health systems.

      Undergraduate and graduate student teams nominated by their business schools will showcase their knowledge, skills, and innovative solutions to advance supply chain and logistics in a case focused on one of the leading global health systems. The competition will take place over two rounds and be delivered entirely virtually to ensure students spanning three continents and many time zones can all compete and engage.
    • Who can participate in the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition?

      The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition is open to all university undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the 2018/2019 academic school year, globally.
    • Who can I have on my team?

      There is a maximum of four university undergraduate and grad students per team. All team members must be from the same school. Each team is encouraged to have a faculty lead from their home school and a health system leader or expert to support the team’s success. The competition is targeted towards Business School students however team members from Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering programs may be included to enable multi-disciplinary collaboration to advance excellence in supply chain best practice engaging leading health systems.
    • Can I participate on multiple teams?

      A student cannot participate in more than one team.

    • Why should I participate/What are the prizes?

      Prizes are awarded in Canadian dollars. The first-place team will be awarded $ 4,000, second place $ 2,500, and third place $ 1,000.

      The Top 3 Winning Teams will be widely profiled across the entire SCAN Health global network on our website, through social media and at our events. Winning teams will be provided free registration to attend the Annual SCAN Health Global Networking Event.

    • Do I have to travel or pay anything to participate?

      As a virtual competition, there is no travel required by teams and the competition can accommodate teams from different continents and time zones. There is no cost associated with registration or participation in the inaugural SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition.
    • How do I enter the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition?

      Teams must register on the online SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform at www.SCANHealth.ca/virtual-case-competition between September 21 and October 28, 2018. Only one registration per team is required and teams will share one username and password for login.

    • How do I use the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform?

      Once registered, teams will have one username and password to share amongst team members. Teams can login to the platform at www.SCANHealth.ca/virtual-case-competition. Below is a brief description of the platform’s capabilities:

      • Manage Your Project: This is a private, collaborative space for team members to add, edit and delete files. The final version of files for Round 1 and Round 2 must be the only files uploaded to this space at the deadline time. In Round 2 where a video submission is required, there is an option for teams to submit a link to their video uploaded to a third-party platform (i.e. YouTube) in cases where the file is too large for the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform.
      • Forum: This is a public space for teams to interact and network with other teams competing in the competition from around the globe.  
      • Ask a Question: This space allows for teams to send a message or question to either an Advisor (in Round 2 only) or to an administrator for inquiries on use of the platform, competition details, etc. 
    • When does the competition start?

      Registration and Round 1 of the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition opens on October 15th, 2018 at 7 AM ET. Below are competition key dates:

       

      September 21, 2018

      Business Case Competition Official Launch

      October 15th - October 28th, 2018 11:59 PM ET

      First Round

      November 14th, 2018 

      Semi-Finalist Announcement

      November 14th - November 27th, 2018 11:59 PM ET

      Second Round

      January 14th, 2019

      Top Three Winning Team Announcement

    • What do I need to submit in each round?

      In Round 1, teams are required to submit a one-page Executive Summary (max. 500 words, references not included, appendices not permitted) and a PowerPoint presentation (max. 20 Slides) outlining the team’s case analysis. Teams are judged based on the following:

      1. Demonstrate understanding of key issues in the case: Submission acknowledges key issues in the case and other issues that present themselves throughout the case. Submission demonstrates a clear and comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities for strengthening traceability of blood products from "vein to vein" presented in the case.
      2. Development of ideas to address the strategic issues in the case on page 16: The solution addresses key issues in the case:
      • Automation of supply chain tracking and traceability of blood products;
      • Integration of supply chain processes with hospital care processes;
      • Use of technology to strengthen supply chain processes;
      • Patient safety outcomes and impact;
      • Reduction of the discard (waste) of blood products; and
      • Demand forecasting and utilization of blood products to support sustainability of blood supply.
      1. Proposed solution and action plan: Strategy that is feasible, scalable across the CBS network, creative and investment is reasonable to achieve a scalable solution. Includes a high-level implementation and action plan.
      2. Development of outcome measures to evaluate proposed solutionKey outcome measures are clearly defined. Strategy to evaluate the value and impact of the solution is described in the submission.
      3. Written Communication Skills:Submission is clear, well stated and professional.

      In Round 2, short-listed competitors will develop a more comprehensive recommendation and strategic action plan, including an implementation plan, evaluation of alternatives and scalability of the team’s solution. A more detailed judging criteria will be provided at the start of Round 2. Teams are required to submit a video presentation (max. 15 minutes) on the team's proposed strategy, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation (unlimited slides).



      When submitting video presentations, competitors are not permitted to mention their school name or make any reference to their school. During their presentation, competitors may introduce themselves and their teammate(s) by their names only. Competitors are required to submit original PowerPoint content and template only.
    • How is the competition judged?

      The competition’s Panel of Judges includes world-renowned academics, health system leaders, industry experts and policy-makers with distinguished knowledge and expertise in global health system transformation and supply chain strategy. Their purpose is to adjudicate competition submissions, provide criteria for judging and facilitate the judging panel to determine the winning submissions. The judges are:

       

      • Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services (CAN)
      • Prof. John Blake, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University & Research Engineer, Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation (CAN)
      • Prof. Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor IS and SCM, University of Tennessee (US) 
      • Mr. Peter Brereton, CEO, TECSYS Inc. (CAN)
      • Mr. Paul Broadbridge, CEO, Digital Bridge Consulting & Government Director, GS1 Australia (AUS)
      • Mr. Ron Johnson, VP & CIO, Eastern Health (CAN)
      • Mr. Feargal McGroarty, National Haemophilia System Project Manager, St. James Hospital (IE) 
      • Mr. Peter O'Halloran, CIO, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health (AUS) 
      • Prof. Julie Paquette, Associate Professor, HEC Montreal (CAN)
      • Prof. Kevin Schulman, Professor, Medicine, Business Administration and Global Health, Duke University (US)
    • How do I access an Advisor for help?

      In Round 2, student teams are encouraged to access Expert Advisors via the online platform under the tab “Ask a Question”. Teams are assigned one Expert Advisor that can answer their questions. We will do our best to send a response within 24-48 hours due to the busy schedules of the Expert Advisors. Questions should be submitted early to allow for appropriate response time. SCAN Health and the Expert Advisors are not accountable if questions are left unanswered due to short-notice of time.
    • Are there any rules to the competition?

      Competition Rules and Terms and Conditions can be found on the online SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform.
    • My question isn’t here, who do I contact for more information?

      You can contact the administration team on the online platform under the tab “Ask a Question”. Alternatively, please e-mail info.SCANHealth@uwindsor.ca and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide more information.
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  • Terms and Conditions +

    STANDARD COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    1. COMPETITION RULES AND TERMS

    The Competition is presented and managed by the Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (www.SCAN Health.ca). Business Case Competitions are one of five knowledge exchange and dissemination initiatives designed to advance and accelerate the transformation of supply chain and logistics disseminated across global health systems. The SCAN Health business case competition is designed to build leadership capacity and expertise among global business schools, by engaging and supporting the next generation of leaders (i.e., business students) to transform health sector supply chain infrastructure to advance health system performance, financial sustainability and safety.

    The SCAN health Business Case Competition will be launched annually. Each Competition is governed both by (i) the Competition Rules (“Rules”) published in connection with the Competition and (ii) these Standard Competition Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). All reference to Rules means the relevant Rules for a specific Competition or to Rules generally, as the context requires.

    By participating in a Competition, you are an entrant and agree to be bound by the governing Rules and these Terms (“you” or “Entrant” or “Participant”).

    2. COMMUNICATIONS

    By entering this Competition, you agree that SCAN Health may send you communications about the Competition, which may include information such as Competition related messages, updates, reminders and news.

    3. ELIGIBILITY

    Eligibility criteria are established in the Rules. Participation requires logging onto the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition Platform (www.SCANHealth.ca/virtual-case-competition) which is accessible to SCAN Health Network members, including industry, government, academia, health systems and interested participants.

    4. PARTICIPATION 

    The specific conditions of participation in the competition are established in the Rules.

    The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform is an online interactive forum that allows Entrants to access the Competition case and submit their solutions. Entrants may participate in English.

    Where a Competition seeks your ideas, your contributions should be the result of your own and teams’ original ideas and innovative thinking. Academic honesty is expected of all Participants. Participants are expected to behave in a manner that ensures their work is judged accurately and fairly. Plagiarism, unauthorized collusion, or cheating in any form will result in a disqualification from the Competition.

    SCAN Health reserves the right to monitor, as well as modify Entrant submission to ensure compliance with the Competition Rules.

    As part of a Competition we may provide you with information that is confidential or materials that are subject to copyright; teams are prohibited from reproducing, publishing, sharing or using the information provided by SCAN Health in any way other than as set out in the Rules, Terms and Conditions of the Competition. 

    5. PERSONAL INFORMATION

    By participating in the Competition, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purposes of operating the Competition and receiving communications from SCAN Health. You consent to SCAN Health disclosing your personal information to; (i) specifically trained SCAN Health staff working with applicable data; (ii) individuals and organizations who are contractually-bound to protect personal information; (iii) researchers and organizations approved by SCAN Health; and (iv) third parties who help administer the Competition, provide software tools, or who help analyze the information collected. “Personal information” has the meaning set out in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, SC 2000, C5. Personal information shall be handled by SCAN Health in accordance with SCAN Health’s privacy policy, available on the SCAN Health website. 

    In all other circumstances, no identifiable information that is collected will be shared with third parties at any time unless it is shared with the Entrant’s consent, or SCAN Health clearly discloses to you in advance of your participation what identifiable information may be shared. Data collected through this Competition may be processed and stored in other countries and the governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of your information under a lawful order made in that country. 

    6. USER CONTENT 

    Intellectual Property Rights

    The SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition platform is intended to ignite and share the generation of innovative ideas and solutions for health sector supply chain and logistics. Confidential information and trade secrets should not be submitted to any Competition.

    In the event that a contribution (“User Content”) submitted by an Entrant contains any intellectual property rights (“IP RIGHTS”), the Entrant retains ownership of her/his User Content IP Rights, subject to the relevant laws and the license for use by SCAN Health and others granted under these Terms.

    User Content is Owned by You

    SCAN Health does not acquire any ownership rights to your User Content.

    To operate, market, promote Competitions and to progress supply chain innovation and transformation, SCAN Health requires the right to make such use of User Content (and any IP Rights thereof) in accordance with and subject to these Terms. Therefore, by contributing User Content to the Competition, or creating it on the Competition Platform website, when applicable, Entrant automatically grants to SCAN Health an irrevocable and perpetual, non-exclusive, transferrable, fully paid, royalty free, worldwide license, for SCAN Health to use, copy, reformat, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, print, publish, republish, translate in whole or in part, the User Content in any form of media or expression for the purpose of administering this Competition or marketing or promoting any Challenge. SCAN Health will acknowledge User Content ownership in distribution of all materials according to academic integrity rules.

    Aggregate Anonymized Data

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, you agree that SCAN Health will have the right to generate anonymous statistical and usage data related to the Competition service and user demographics (“Aggregate Anonymous Data”). You agree that Aggregate Anonymous Data is owned by SCAN Health, which SCAN Health may use for any service improvement or business purpose during or after the term of this Agreement. SCAN Health will not distribute Aggregate Anonymous Data in a manner that personally identifies you or its website visitors.

    For statistical accuracy purposes, SCAN Health will not publish anonymized aggregated data where the cohort/group of interest has fewer than 15 respondents. For respondent confidentiality purposes, SCAN Health will not publish aggregate data where the cell size is less than 5, or other number which could result in the disclosure of identifiable personal information.

    7. AWARDS

    The Rules will establish any awards, and process for the determination of awards.

    Prior to receiving an award, an Entrant may be required to sign a standard release and indemnity form confirming compliance with the Rules and Terms, and releasing SCAN Health and its directors, affiliates, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies from any and all liability arising from their participation in the Competition or out of, pursuant to, or as a result of the carrying out of the Competition.

    Failure to comply with the Rules or Terms, or to sign and return any required release and indemnity form on a timely basis may result disqualification and forfeiture of the award and SCAN Health may distribute the award to another Entrant, at its sole discretion.

    8. PUBLICITY 

    You also agree that SCAN Health may use your name, Province or city, photograph (such as your profile photo or another photo that you supply), videos, voice and/or other likeness for news, trade and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity, without compensation, notification or permission. SCAN Health reserves the right to use any information related to the Competition, including submissions provided by Entrants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. 

    9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    By participating in the Competition, you agree, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws to release, indemnify and hold SCAN Health and its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”), harmless from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in or in connection with the Competition, including, without limitation: (i) awarding, acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of the Award herein; or (ii) participation in any Competition related activities and travel of any kind. The above limitation of liability shall not apply to death or bodily injury caused as a result of SCAN Health’s negligence.

    Released Parties assume no responsibility for delayed or misdirected entries or for any failure of any website, for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e–mail or online entry (including Contributions or Improvements) to be received by SCAN Health on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer, mobile device or other electronic device related to or resulting from this Competition.

    10. GENERAL CONDITIONS

    You agree, by participating, to be bound by the terms of the Rules and Terms and the decisions SCAN Health, in connection with Competition matters are final and binding, without right of appeal.

    SCAN Health, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds (i) not eligible to participate in the Competition, (ii) to be in violation of the Rules or Terms, or (iii) tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of the Competition.

    SCAN Health reserves the right to reschedule, change relevant dates, cancel or modify this on-line challenge for any reason, including in the event of technical corruption due to virus or other technical problems.

    SCAN Health reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in the Rules or the Terms, to the extent necessary, for purposes of administering the Competition, including verifying compliance by any entrant or entry with the Rules and Terms. 

    In the event a Competition is compromised by a virus, non–authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of SCAN Health which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Competition, SCAN Health reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Competition or modify the Rules or Terms. In such an event, SCAN Health may post a notice on the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition website or send an email alert. 

    The Competition is intended to provide a learning experience for the students that will encourage healthy competition, professionalism and interaction by our future business leaders, both amongst themselves and with our business community. The Rules and Terms and Conditions are not all encompassing and situations may arise that have not been covered. It is the expectation of the Organizers that any issues or disputes will be resolved in the spirit of the Competition.

    Nothing contained in these Terms shall be deemed to constitute either party a partner, joint venture or employee of the other party for any purpose.

    The failure to exercise any right provided in these Terms or the Rules shall not be a waiver of prior or subsequent rights.

     

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