infraNET Project and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo
Rattling the Supply Chain:
The Opportunity for Supply Chain Management
Shared Healthcare Supply Services
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
Ormed Information Systems Ltd.
McKesson Information Solutions, VON Canada and HIMCC Inc.
This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff,
Faculty and Students.
There is no charge for this event, however, we ask that you
register to attend.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
It is an exciting time for healthcare supply chains. An increasing
awareness of the value an efficient supply chain can deliver to the bottom
line is driving collaboration between government, hospital executives, industry
associations and all members of the healthcare supply chain to create a
more efficient, lower cost system, with improved staff satisfaction and enhanced
patient outcomes. Research shows that private sector suppliers are significantly
ahead of hospitals in implementing leading practices, and in reaping
the benefits, while hospitals have not taken advantage of supply chain opportunities.
The implementation of supply chain best practices has a significant
impact on the delivery of direct patient care by reducing risk and errors,
eliminating OR waits and cancellations and reducing length of stay. Two examples
of current collaborations are OntarioBuys and the Healthcare Supply Chain
Network, both of which are working on the identification and dissemination
of leading practice information.
As General Manager of Shared Healthcare Supply Services (SHSS),
Sarah Friesen is continuing to lead the integration of purchasing services
for University Health Network, Sunnybrook & Women s College Health Sciences
Centre and Mount Sinai Hospital. SHSS supports its member hospitals by
facilitating end to end supply chain solutions, including day to day
purchasing activities and contract negotiations. Prior to joining SHSS,
Sarah gained many years of purchasing and supply chain experience in
both the public and private sectors, where her primary focus was supply chain
re-engineering. Sarah is co-chair of the Healthcare Supply Chain
Network, and she is a member of the OntarioBuys Working Group. She
also developed and leads the Healthcare Supply Chain Management Course
for the Executive Centre for Supply Chain & Logistics Management at
York University s Schulich School of Business.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for
Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project,
University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part
of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of