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Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health - SCAN Health

$1.6 million for 2017-21
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Number of partners
112

Partner contributions
$1.1 million

Headquarters
University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

Network Director
Anne Snowdon Anne Snowdon

Board chair
Allan Conway Allan Conway
Former Dean, Odette School of Business (University of Windsor)

Transforming the Supply Chain to Create Safer and Higher Performing Global Health Systems


The opportunity

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.

How SCAN Health is seizing the opportunity

The Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health) will bring together global supply chain and logistics research and expertise from business schools, industry, clinicians and governments to accelerate adoption of best practices in health systems. This global network spans Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia to mobilize supply chain knowledge, leading to safer and higher performing healthcare environments and realizing value for patients, health system sustainability and economic growth for companies. SCAN Health will develop tools to implement and measure supply chain traceability from manufacturer to individual patient outcomes.

Among the results

  • SCAN Health will design and implement a supply chain maturity assessment tool for health organizations to analyze the impact of supply chain strategies. The tool will also include an online self-assessment component and a platform to share and compare progress against other organizations in global health systems.
  • SCAN Health designed and launched an online Knowledge Mobilization Platform to profile global best practices in health sector supply chain, facilitating knowledge sharing and relationship building between partner organizations. The platform includes tools, best practices, and moderated discussions.
  • SCAN Health launched a unique virtual business case competition designed to build leadership capacity in the next generation of health system leaders. The annual competitions engage business schools in North America, Europe, Australia and are expanding to other global jurisdictions to offer students the opportunity to design solutions to key supply chain challenges in health systems
  • In one year, SCAN Health successfully hosted two international multi-stakeholder networking events in St. Louis, United States and Calgary, Canada. These annual events foster global collaboration on health sector supply chain initiatives, discuss key challenges and priorities for health systems, profile best practices, develop a global registry of product and patient outcomes, and scale supply chain initiatives across international borders. Events will also take place in the United Kingdom and Australia in the coming years.

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