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HSCN 12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION SUCCESS THROUGH SYNERGY PROGRAM HSCN 2019 comprises a Professional Development Day (May 13) and two days (May 14-15) of lively and stimulating sessions. A roster of expert speakers from across Canada will be sharing best practices aimed at improving healthcare supply chain processes. Content will include new technologies that can help address accountable care challenges and align with strategic priorities. Sessions include: ■ Engaging clinical stakeholders in the innovation procurement process Learn how TransForm and Bluewater Health (BWH) worked together with hospital staff, bringing a fresh perspective to procurement while ensuring a fair, open and transparent experience process. ■ Protecting pharmaceutical supply chain from illegal online pharmacies The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies will discuss illegal online sellers and its risks to Canada’s medical supply chain. Detective Robert Whalen will address the connection between illegal online sellers and organized crime.

DELTA TORONTO AIRPORT HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE MAY 13-15, 2019 SCN’s Annual National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference will once again take place at Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport on May 13-15. The two-day conference and exhibition is preceded by HSCN’s Professional Development Day. With its theme, Success through Synergy, the conference will highlight the benefits of healthcare supply chain professionals working together to optimize patient outcomes. As well as an opportunity to interact with peers, the HSCN conference, now in its 12th year, provides healthcare supply chain professionals insights into the industry’s best practices which are designed to improve and refine supply chain processes in healthcare. The conference will feature a line up of expert speakers from across Canada. It will focus on the future of supply chain in healthcare, HIS/digital health, leadership models, tying supply chain to the continuum of care, and synergies achieved by providers working together with suppliers. Susan Smith, HSCN General Manager and Conference Lead, has planned a broad cross section


of presentations. “Past audiences have expressed a desire for case studies that serve to provide encouragement, design options and learnings to peers. This year we have a significant focus on experiential learning.” She has seen the continued growth that has positioned the conference as the fore-most gathering place for healthcare supply chain professionals and leaders. “HSCN brings together industry influencers and frontline professionals into one central location to discover the latest developments in supply chain disruption and innovation, and to share best practices within the profession. Today, we host our national event in the largest conference centre and hotel in the Toronto airport vicinity and we expect more than 350 delegates from across the country. “There is constant evolution within the industry and HSCN is recognized as the key voice in the promotion of industry changes. We bring together key stakeholders to share approaches that they have implemented to keep them abreast of change. This information sharing is critical to a sustainable future for everyone and it is the key ingredient contributing H to the success of the Conference,” adds Smith. ■

■ Hurricane Maria: risk management and recovery A clear picture will be given of the scope of problems that natural disaster can present in offshore manufacturing. It will include the lessons learned and mitigating steps to be taken to avoid similar issues. ■ Value-based Procurement: Pediatric Insulin Pump Program This session highlights Service New Brunswick’s competitive procurement initiative to obtain fair and affordable access to a range of insulin pump devices and supplies for New Brunswick children with Type 1 diabetes and their family. 36 HOSPITAL NEWS MARCH 2019



RISKY BUSINESS: COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION The session will present real world case studies that identify new partnership risks, provide mitigation strategies, and introduce best practices for organizations to follow.

■ Implementation of a shared services model in Newfoundland and Labrador The presentation will cover the supply chain transformation in a province faced with extreme geographical and environmental divergences. Discussion will include Governance, strategic sourcing, technology acquisition and a proactive strategy.

■ Implementing value and innovation procurement at scale This presentation unpacks the essential innovation and value-based procurement challenges facing Canada. There will be a review of Plexxus’ innovation procurement decision making approach and how it enables value-based healthcare.

■ Outcomes-based procurement for deep infrastructure retrofits The presentation will examine why outcomebased procurement often surpasses expectations for operational savings, environmental and building condition improvements.

■ From Data to Value: Client engagement journey This presentation will explore an approach to making data accessible within an organization, the internal tools built to deliver insight to decision makers, and the interactive BI dashboards developed for both internal and external stakeholders.

■ Shining a light on a new supply chain in Ontario Key themes for industry improvement will be highlighted and operational readi-ness for necessary change management along with the innovative strategies HMMS and TransForm used to overcome barriers.

■ Fostering relationships/ increasing capacity in Innovation Procurement A panel discussion will provide insight from a healthcare procurement professional perspective on the importance of developing and maintaining meaningful collaborations to support undertaking Innovation Procurement.

■ IGNITE A high-octane session that brings together a diverse lineup of leaders to stimulate new ideas, present innovative solutions to common challenges, and inspire conversation – in 7 minutes or less.

KEYNOTE TO ADDRESS SUPPLY CHAIN DIGITIZATION IN HEALTHCARE r. Randy Bradley, keynote speaker at HSCN 2019, will share with conference delegates how supply chain digitization in healthcare can transform and improve patient outcomes. An Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at The University of Tennessee, his expertise includes IT strategy and supply chain performance in the healthcare sector. “A digital supply chain is an integrated supply chain undergirded by emerging technologies. As such, it is always on, having the ability to quickly respond to prompts and triggers from stakeholders as they happen and not some time after they’ve happened,” explains Dr. Bradley. During his session he will describe what he calls the ‘Amazon effect’ in healthcare, and the value and impact of digital supply chains and their implications for healthcare. “I will show how changing patient behaviours and expectations can be costly for healthcare organizations that are unable to undergo digital transformation, including digitalization of their supply chain.” In his view, information technology is critical in the supply chain because of its potential to “facilitate the nexus of cost, quality, and outcomes in healthcare.” There is an increasing need to have seamless information flows in the supply chain. “In this digital era, the always-on digital supply chain is augmented by technologies, innovations, and advancements that will shape the digital supply chain in the future.” Dr. Bradley will describe the rate of adoption of the various technologies in the supply chain and their potential to help reimagine healthcare and patient outcomes. He will also explain why the supply chain function should be the seat of innovation in healthcare organizations to help drive H digitalization. “It should be about value and not solely cost efficiency.” ■

■ Building a Unique Device Identification (UDI) implementation road map A panel of industry providers, suppliers, regulators and supply chain association leaders will explain the basics of UDI as well as Implementation steps: from data gathering, system integration, to point-of-care adoption and benefits.




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HSCN MEMBERSHIP: A MUST-HAVE FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) is the only supply chain association in Canada that is dedicated to healthcare with participation from both providers and suppliers. HSCN members enjoy countless benefits including networking opportunities with hundreds of healthcare supply chain professionals from coast to coast, access to the latest education and training on subjects relevant to the healthcare supply chain industry, and alerts on industry and federal/provincial legislative developments, Members receive industry news and information through the HSCN website, HSCN monthly e-newsletter, and email bulletins, as well as valuable industry information through white papers, surveys and special reports posted online. Members also enjoy significant savings when registering for the National Conference and professional development events. Contact HSCN for membership fees including provider, supplier, student and group rates.

AWARD DINNER CELEBRATES SUPPLY CHAIN ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR he inaugural HSCN Award Dinner will be held on May 14 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport. The recipient of this year’s Supply Chain Organization of the Year Award is Northern Supply Chain (NSC). Northern Supply Chain is an innovative shared services program driving collaborative procurement, operational guidance/oversight and cost efficiencies for healthcare in the north and provincially for child welfare service agencies. In announcing the award winner, Susan Smith, General Manager, HSCN, noted that Northern Supply Chain “demonstrated relevant traits of teamwork, innovation, customer service, patient care and strategic planning in their day to day operations.”


Derek Gascoigne, General Manager, NSC, will be accepting the Supply Chain Organization of the Year Award on behalf of his team. “Northern Supply Chain is very pleased with this prestigious national award and the recognition it brings to the significant work, growth and results that staff have accomplished,” he said. “As one of the younger shared service organizations in Canada, we will continue to expand our services and footprint to enable us to offer greater value to our members.” Tickets for the Award Night are $50 and include a networking reception and dinner. For more informaH tion, visit hscn.org or email info@hscn.org ■


CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS Don’t miss your opportunity to register early for HSCN’s National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference, to be held at Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport on May 13–15. Success through Synergy will highlight the benefits of healthcare supply chain professionals working together to optimize patient outcomes. Learn how to improve supply chain efficiencies through leading practices and network with providers and suppliers from across Canada. Early Bird Registration ends March 10. Register now and save.

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fter a year in development, HSCN launched the Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) last Fall. The toolkit is the result of extensive leading practice research, insightful feedback from advisors and collaborators, and numerous pilots to test the documents in the field and incorporate the learnings. The IPT was developed to provide healthcare procurement specialists across the sector with practical tools to enable the adoption of outcome-based approaches in the procurement of unknown solutions. The toolkit supports the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement, which provides overall guidance on innovation procurement and details processes for 7 early market engagement strategies and 6 innovation procurement models. Available on the HSCN website, the toolkit includes a range of guides addressing key concepts such as Outcome-Based Specifications and Value-Based Evaluation Criteria, and templates that can be adopted or adapted to fit organizational procedures. HSCN continues to take an active role in maintaining the content of the toolkit, to ensure it remains current, and provides periodic training on the use of the toolkit. The next IPT workshop will be held on May 13 as part of HSCN 2019. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills to manage innovation procurement initiatives, using the HSCN Innovation Procurement Toolkit as a frame-work. The workshop combines lecture style delivery with hands-on skills labs, to enable participants to apply these concepts immediately and deliver organizational value through innovation H procurement initiatives. ■



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