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Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health - SCAN Health

$1.6 million for 2017-20
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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 USA, 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 assess supply chain traceability from manufacturer to individual patient outcomes.

SCAN Health’s Strategic Knowledge Translation Deliverables

  • Business case and design competitions are organized and designed to leverage expertise in supply chain and logistics from business schools and leading industry organizations to address real-world health system challenges. The Design Competitions create a forum for industry to engage with health systems to design the solutions needed to advance supply chain transformation. The Business Case Competitions engage over 35 business schools to mobilize expertise in supply chain and logistics to be applied to health sector business cases of real world supply chain challenges.
  • An online learning platform will enable partners to come together for learning opportunities on key priorities and to profile best practice achievements across the healthcare supply chain. The platform will use online forums, educational programs and tools to engage partners across international borders to accelerate the transformation of health system supply chain into a strategic asset that achieves safer healthcare for Canadians, and populations globally.
  • A Strategic Supply Chain Maturity Scale will support organizations in identifying strategies that strengthen supply chain infrastructure and approaches across health systems. The Strategic Supply Chain Maturity Scale engages health organizations in order to analyze their progress and accomplishments in achieving an effective supply chain strategy. This gives organization and health system leaders the guidance for progressing along the journey towards supply chain transformation. The goal is to advance traceability of products, health care processes and outcomes across global health systems.
  • Annual networking events will broker relationships and knowledge exchange between network stakeholders. These face-to-face gatherings will foster collaboration on supply chain initiatives and projects, and will also create dialogue focused on key challenges and priorities for health systems.

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