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About WIN


Global Highlights


Message from the Advisory Council Chair


Message from the Odette School of Business Dean


Message from the Academic Chair


Collaborative Research


Innovation Procurement


Supply Chain Innovation


Leadership Development


Who We Are The World Health Innovation Network (WIN) is based at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, under the leadership of world renowned researcher Dr. Anne Snowdon. WIN brokers partnerships between key stakeholders to source, embed and scale innovations in health systems. WIN develops the evidence of impact and scalability across health systems and disseminates this information to accelerate health system transformation, drive economic growth and improve patient outcomes.

What We Do WIN partners with health system stakeholders to source innovation, create the evidence for value and then develops models for scalability to embed innovative technologies, products and models of care into health systems to achieve value for Canadians and drive economic growth for innovators.


Global Highlights

WIN is a proud academic partner of SCALE.AI Canadian supercluster initiative

Dr. Anne Snowdon strengthens global partnerships in Australia

Cross-Border Health Foundation & WIN join forces to impact health systems in Canada and the U.S.

Federal government announces $1.6 million for SCAN Health to advance supply chain innovation

The Impact of Supply Chain Transformation in Global Health Systems cases

WIN’s Procurement and Innovation Adoption Cases

WIN presents at the Great Lakes Economic Forum in Detroit

HIMSS Analytics collaboration to Advance Supply Chain Capacity in Global Health Systems

Collaboration with Eastern Caribbean States to enhance Diagnostic Pathology Services

WIN is engaging as an academic research partner in Ontario’s Health Technology Fund to improve community care 4 4

Martha Huston Chair, WIN Advisory Council President, Cardinal Health Canada; SVP & GM, Medical Services and Solutions, Cardinal Health (Retired)

As inaugural Advisory Council Chair, I have had the privilege of working with an incredible team to launch and support the exponential growth of the World Health Innovation Network. WIN has successfully mobilized the expertise and experience of global health system leaders to build a unique research network focused on creating empirical evidence and models to scale innovation to achieve value and drive economic growth.

WIN’s distinct model brings together stakeholders from business, industry, government, healthcare, citizen advocates and academia to design and implement innovation and create the evidence of impact and value that will transform health systems from a cost centre to an economic asset. This distinctive blend of expertise accelerates health system sustainability, while advancing economic growth and the health of populations globally. WIN has the unique opportunity to understand common health system challenges and develop collective solutions to achieve the greatest benefit for our citizens. By building collaborative partnerships between Canada, the United States and internationally, we can create the evidence of impact of an innovation at scale to accelerate adoption within global health systems. This capacity has been a true highlight for me as Chair.

As I transition from the role of Chair, I am confident the Network will continue to build upon the strong foundation of collaborative partnerships we have established. I am very proud of WIN’s impressive accomplishments reflecting the extensive contributions of so many outstanding leaders and experts across all sectors both nationally and globally. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to our extensive network of faculty, advisors, leaders-in -residence, partners, collaborators and staff for your tremendous support and dedication to WIN’s success and growth. I am optimistic about the future and the promise WIN holds to continue to provide leadership in research, innovation and capacity building to transform our health systems to achieve value and impact. Martha Huston


Dr. Mitchell W. Fields Dean, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

The outcomes and impact of WIN are extremely impressive this year. One of the most outstanding accomplishments this year was the award of an International Knowledge Translation Platform (IKTP) Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), by the Canadian government, to WIN at the Odette School of Business. The Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health) brings together the best talent from Canada, the U.S., the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, creating opportunities for learning, knowledge exchange, mobilization and capacity building to accelerate the adoption and scale of supply chain best practices in our health systems globally. This NCE Network is the first of its kind to be led by a Canadian Business School. WIN has truly become a beachhead for international opportunities to realize health system transformation. Dr. Snowdon’s three seminal global case studies provide the first empirical evidence of the impact of traceability in the health sector. This has been achieved by implementing supply chain transformation to improve safety, quality and performance across health systems. Through research, education and knowledge generation, WIN substantially accelerates the development and launch of technology and evidence-based tools to support supply chain transformation across global health systems. WIN is a great source of pride for the Odette School of Business and the University of Windsor, contributing to the successful attraction of the best and brightest students, faculty and partners. This is a significant time of promise for WIN and as Dean, I look forward to contributing actively to WIN’s continued and extraordinary success. Dr. Mitchell W. Fields


Dr. Anne Snowdon Academic Chair, World Health Innovation Network Scientific Director & CEO, Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health) Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

It has been an extraordinary year of growth and impact for WIN. I am honoured to work with such a dynamic team, guided by the outstanding expertise and leadership of the WIN Advisory Council, led by our remarkable and inspirational Chair, Martha Huston. This year, the WIN team established national and global prominence. By creating the real-world evidence of value and impact of innovation at scale, WIN has constructed an evidence-informed gateway to transform health systems from a cost centre to an economic asset. WIN’s unprecedented accomplishments in two seminal areas of research - health system innovation procurement and supply chain transformation - contribute to reducing medical error by improving safety and quality while advancing procurement and supply chain to achieve economic value. Collaboration with health system leaders, industry, government and academia across global jurisdictions accelerates transformational change in our health systems that achieves value for populations and drives economic growth. Further, the synergies generated between WIN and SCAN Health, our new International Knowledge Translation Platform, fuel innovative partnerships and create pathways to both produce and mobilize knowledge essential to improve performance and sustainability of future health systems. I am immensely proud and inspired by the exceptional and innovative work of the WIN team. Their many impressive accomplishments create an evidence-informed platform to fuel and accelerate strategic transformation of global health systems. It is an honour to Chair this organization and a privilege to collaborate with so many international partners driven by the common vision to accelerate health system innovation at scale. Through WIN, we are opening gateways to international collaboration, partnerships and capacity building that collectively strengthen countries’ economic and health frameworks to ensure the best value for citizens. Dr. Anne Snowdon


The Gateway to Innovative and Collaborative Research WIN has become an essential gateway to innovative research, new knowledge, critical relationships and capacity building for current and emerging leaders. By brokering connections between key stakeholders to source, embed and scale innovations in health systems, WIN creates alliances and global partnerships to achieve value for Canadians and drive economic growth for innovators. WIN’s unique collaboration model engages partnerships with business, government, health systems and academia. WIN creates the evidence of impact and models for scalability to embed innovative technologies, thereby transforming our health systems from a cost centre to an economic asset. This seminal research provides the essential evidence needed to transform health systems to achieve value, impact and improve population health. This year, WIN conducted an array of ground-breaking research, including two published case study series: Procurement and Innovation Adoption in Health Systems and The Impact of Supply Chain Innovation in Health Systems. We announced a collaboration with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics to accelerate the development and launch of evidence-based tools to support supply chain transformation in global health systems. Our network is a proud academic partner of SCALE.AI, a supercluster that will catapult Canada’s leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled supply chain in the health sector to improve patient safety, health system sustainability and prosperity. In the coming year, WIN will continue to build on these accomplishments while further developing the relationship between innovation procurement and supply chain traceability.


Enabling Innovation Procurement to Accelerate Transformation of Health Systems This year, the World Health Innovation Network conducted a series of case studies entitled Procurement and Innovation Adoption in Health Systems1. These cases provide real-world evidence of the impact of innovation procurement practices to inform policy and to build capacity for innovation adoption in health systems. These cases are also used as education tools for organizations considering, or involved with, innovation adoption, evaluation and scalability in health systems. The research provides an overview of the barriers and facilitators of innovation adoption and the emergent opportunities to strengthen innovation adoption processes for vendors, innovators, industry, government and health system leaders. The cases describe the processes of introducing innovation into health systems and, where relevant, the impact of existing procurement processes on innovation adoption in healthcare organizations. These case studies examine procurement from multiple perspectives and identify key enablers and barriers to procurement of innovative technologies that offer the opportunity for transformational change across the Ontario healthcare system. Creating a successful procurement model will ensure a thriving healthcare economy that results in sustainability of the sector and continuous improvement of patient care.

Procurement and Innovation Adoption in Health Systems Process 1

Identifying Health System Priorities • Creates the demand-pull for investors


Identifying a Procurement Model • Chosen based on organizational structure and needs


Early Market Engagement • Active engagement of small companies and a consideration of outside vendors


Innovation Procurement Process • Competitive dialogue, design contest, other

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Solution Implementation and Early Adoption • Contracts awarded or pilot tested Evaluation • Multiple stakeholders contribute to evaluation of products, services, partnerships and relationships


The Innovation Procurement Initiative Measures and Case Studies project is part of an Innovation Procurement Initiative launched by Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) in 2014 to contribute to making Ontario a leader in innovation development and adoption. This partnership supports WIN’s world-leading work to provide better value for the health sector, deliver high quality business education and perform impactful research.


Creating the First Empirical Evidence of the System Level Impact of Implementing Supply Chain Traceability Ground-breaking case studies released this year by WIN find that supply chain processes, based on global standards, improve safety, quality and performance in three global health systems. These case studies provide the first empirical evidence of the impact and value of implementing supply chain infrastructure in health systems in Canada, the UK and the U.S. These cases study Alberta Health Services in Canada, National Health Service in England and Mercy Health in the U.S. They provide emerging evidence of the health system level impact and return on investment (ROI) of implementing supply chain traceability in these global systems. The research examines the leadership strategy, ROI and impact achieved by transforming health system supply chain infrastructure in each health system. Results reveal that substantial savings ranging from 4:1 to 7:1 ROI are achieved through inventory optimization and waste reduction. Additionally, significant clinician time savings is achieved through supply chain automation, which can be redirected to patient care. Savings in labour costs and patient safety are not yet accounted for in these outcomes but are anticipated to further increase the ROI. These cases demonstrate real-world evidence of the value and impact of adopting traceability to improve health system quality and performance for global citizens. They document impressive findings about the importance of transparency in creating the foundation for health system accountability informed by data and evidence. As these three programs scale, further evidence of the impact and the value of health system transparency, accountability and patient safety can be examined empirically.

Impact of Supply Chain Transformation in Global Health Systems Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada

• Integration of supply chain processes into clinical programs & teams • Integration into patient information system planned for 2019 • $3 million in actual savings by 2017

National Health Services, England (NHS), United Kingdom

• Implemented supply chain infrastructure in six NHS trusts’ specialty programs • £4.4 million in actual savings by March 2018 • By 2021, implementation planned for all 148 trusts is expected to generate £1 billion in savings

Mercy Health, United States

• Integration of supply chain best practices across Mercy system of 45 hospitals in seven states • $1 billion in savings as a direct outcome of optimizing and transforming supply chain processes • Reduced labour cost/case by 29.5% and reduced supplies cost/case by 33%


Developing National and International Professional Opportunities to Create Leaders in Global Health Systems WIN is a world-renowned research centre and leader in global education with a focus on implementing and scaling innovation in health systems. This year, WIN has focused on two major initiatives that support the creation of leadership capacity building opportunities for health systems. WIN’s Executive Leadership Education Program is focused on developing leaders who can design, implement and scale innovation in healthcare systems. Current and emerging health leaders participate in this intensive program to scope, design and implement an innovation demonstration project approved by their organization, providing a unique opportunity for experiential learning that is relevant to their business priorities. Participants receive certification and designation as WIN Alumni, which includes access to continuing leadership development, and active engagement in real-world innovation projects with WIN partners. This year, a joint venture was announced between WIN and Joule™, the Canadian Medical Association’s newest company, which creates a unique opportunity to deliver executive education programs for Canadian physician leaders to accelerate health system innovation in Canada. Through this relationship, Joule will combine its two key strengths, leadership in healthcare training with courses offered through its Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) and leadership in physician-led innovation, further fostering connections that drive impactful change towards improved patient outcomes.

WIN’s Leadership Development Process STEP 1. A System Context of Health Innovation Leaders must first understand the complexity of health systems.

STEP 2. Value and Return on Investment Leaders must define the value of innovation for all stakeholders.

STEP 3. Implementation Strategy for Innovation Adoption Leaders must design implementation strategies that enable innovation to embed and scale across the system.

STEP 4. Leadership Capacity Leaders must build leadership capacity across all levels of the organization through education and mentorship.

STEP 1. STEP 2. STEP 3. STEP 4. The System Context of Health Innovation

Value and Return on Investment

Implementation Strategy for Innovation Adoption

Leadership Capacity



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