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The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

present ...

Rattling the Supply Chain:
The Opportunity for Supply Chain Management
in Healthcare


Sarah Friesen
General Manager
Shared Healthcare Supply Services

Wednesday, March  23, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
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.  

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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.

Sarah Friesen
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

Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts

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 Waterloo.