News from the Innovation Procurement Toolkit Team 

The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) has just completed the first three two-day workshops for its newly-expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT). Workshops in Toronto, London, and Ottawa were sold-out and provided comprehensive training on:

 
- The value of innovation procurement
- How to use the newly expanded IPT
- How the IPT can support you in the procurement of unknown solutions
 
These workshops are designed to demonstrate how innovation procurement is a strategic enabler, focusing on improved patient outcomes and increasing efficiency to the system while delivering value for money. Core information is provided through pre-reading plus information sharing on day one of the training. The emphasis, however, is on skill development, starting day one with activities to build confidence in using the tools and templates. On day two, groups work on scenario-based activities focused on the application of innovation procurement strategies, so that you can use the toolkit to deliver value immediately.
 
Additional sessions will be held in September and October in Newmarket, Burlington, downtown Toronto, and Sudbury. Visit the HSCN website to register for these free workshops. Space is limited. 

Friday, June 22, 2018 4:24:00 PM

Innovation Procurement – Using the Toolkit to Find Solutions 

HSCN is busy gearing up for the first round of Innovation Procurement Training sessions starting later this month. This training will enhance your understanding of the value of Innovation Procurement and explain how to break it down and approach it in a practical manner with the Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT). Through skills labs and other group activities we will do a deep dive on various elements such as Early Market Engagement Strategies, Outcome-based Specifications and Value Based Evaluation Criteria. You will mix with healthcare procurement specialists, suppliers and other key stakeholders in a stimulating learning environment geared to arm you with a new set of skills.


Day One will open with a 90-minute information session for all workshop participants, with a special focus on the value of innovation procurement for senior leadership: how it is a strategic and innovative approach to procurement focussed on patient outcomes and increased efficiency to the system while achieving better value for money. We encourage you to invite members of senior leadership to attend this portion with you.

The balance of Day One will take a deep dive into the newly expanded IPT with a mix of small group activities to ensure that you feel confident and know how to use the IPT inside and out. Day Two will focus on application and scenario-based activities surrounding the IPT to enable you to make an impact and deliver value immediately. 

Registration for the HSCN workshops is free, and the May/June sessions are filling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment! The series of workshops will be held across Ontario. Visit our training registration page

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:26:00 PM

Save the Date: Training for Expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) 

Do YOU know how to take innovation procurement at your organization to the next level? Are you missing buy-in from SENIOR LEADERSHIP?

The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) is running two-day workshops for its newly-expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) that will provide comprehensive training on: 

  • The value of innovation procurement
  • How to use the newly expanded IPT
  • How the IPT can support you in the procurement of unknown solutions

These workshops will bring together a mix of various healthcare procurement specialists, suppliers and senior leadership. On the first day, the morning session will focus on the value of innovation procurement: how it is a strategic and innovative approach to procurement focussed on patient outcomes and increased efficiency to the system while achieving better value for money. We encourage you to invite members of senior leadership to this portion. The afternoon of the first day will take a deep dive into the newly expanded IPT with a mix of small group activities to ensure that you feel confident and know how to use the IPT inside and out. The second day will focus on application and scenario-based activities surrounding the IPT to enable you to make an impact and deliver value immediately.

For more information, visit our Training page.

Friday, April 20, 2018 12:51:00 PM

Press Release - HSCN offers training for expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT) 

NEWS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN)is running two-day workshops for its newly-expanded Innovation Procurement Toolkit (IPT). The sessions will provide comprehensive training in managing innovation procurement initiativesusing the new toolkit and are offered at no cost to participants.

 

The expanded IPTprovides healthcare procurement professionals with a single point of referral and resources to support their activities in developing and conducting procurements for innovative solutions. The IPTcontains guidance on innovation procurement, including early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models intended to encourage the adoption of innovation by Ontario’s broader public sector (BPS) in alignment with the Interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement.

 

The series of workshops will be held across Ontario on May 28-29 (Toronto), June 5-6 (London), and June 12-13 (Ottawa), with dates to be confirmed for fall sessions to be held in downtown Toronto, Northern Toronto, Burlington and Sudbury.

 

With the rapid advancement of new technologies and solutions occurring in the Canadian healthcare environment, there is a heightened awareness of the impact innovative technologies have on patient, provider and system outcomes.

 

“The training sessions will leave participants with a very clear understanding of the many tools, templates and guides contained in the toolkit,” explains Project Manager Sarah Friesen, who will be leading the workshops. “The sessions will explain how the tools can provide support to BPS organizations in their quest to procure innovative solutions.”

 

Susan Smith, General Manager, HSCN, adds, “We are excited for health service providers to attend the workshops and learn how to use the toolkit to deliver value to their organizations while also enabling improved patient outcomes.” 

 

Registration for the free workshops in Ontario opens on April 23rd, 2018 through the HSCN website www.hscn.organd space is limited. For more information, email sarah@friesenconcepts.caor visit hscn.org.

 

This project is funded by OntarioBuys, an Ontario government program, which makes investments to support innovation, facilitate and accelerate the adoption of integrated supply chain, back-office leading practices and operational excellence. OntarioBuys helps drive collaboration and improve supply chain processes in Ontario’s BPS.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:29:00 PM

News from the Innovation Procurement Toolkit Team 

We are making excellent progress in developing the new Innovation Procurement Toolkit. We have been updating and revising the existing materials based on current leading practices, and we have also developed new guides and templates to significantly expand the toolkit. The materials are currently circulating with a broad group of stakeholders to test for usability and clarity. 

 
Once completed, we will begin developing the training materials. HSCN will offer training at venues across Ontario in 2018, at no charge to attendees, in late spring/early summer and again in the Fall. Following the in-person training, HSCN will also deliver a webinar, for those unable to attend in person. HSCN strongly encourages in-person participation, to leverage the benefit of the hands on workshops and dialogue.  Training will be open to interested stakeholders from all health service provider and supplier organizations. Other broader public sector organizations may also find value in attending.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:22:00 PM

Expanded Toolkit Places Emphasis on Patient Outcomes 

In 2014 HSCN created an Innovation Procurement Toolkit to support the healthcare sector in leveraging procurement as a tool to drive innovation.


The initiative was funded by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) which has since released the interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement. The Primer contains guidance on innovation procurement, including early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models.

The next phase in the evolution of the innovation procurement toolkit, enabled through MGCS’ funding, is to expand the existing materials to offer more comprehensive tools. The expanded toolkit will provide healthcare supply chain professionals with a single point of referral and resources to support their activities in developing and conducting procurements for innovative solutions. The toolkit will include updates based on leading practices gleaned from global research, the Primer, and recent learnings from Ontario and other jurisdictions.

Project Manager Sarah Friesen will provide an update on the project at the HSCN 2018 Conference.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:20:00 PM

News From the Innovation Procurement Toolkit Team 

We are well into our environmental scan, and are researching innovation procurement models and early market engagement strategies that have been utilized in Ontario and other jurisdictions (across Canada and the EU/UK). We are keen to observe what worked well in real time (and what didn’t!), and will incorporate lessons learned into our own templates and guides.

We are broadening our stakeholder engagement, meeting with various individuals to gain insights into their experiences with innovation procurement. If you are interested in sharing your stories, contact Sarah directly at sarah@friesenconcepts.ca.


FAQ of the month:  Why is there a need for innovation procurement? Innovation procurement has many benefits. For procuring organizations: innovation procurement allows an organization to potentially identify a new solution that better meets user needs and ultimately leads to increased end-user satisfaction and quality service delivery. For suppliers: innovation procurement can provide early visibility about user needs and help suppliers to better anticipate demand for new products. For society: innovation procurement can lead to economic benefits like the development of more effective services and new markets, and tackle environmental and social challenges through new and innovative practices.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:43:00 PM

First Advisory Committee Meeting 

The Innovation Procurement Toolkit Expansion (IPTE) project is off to a great start! In September we held our first Advisory Committee meeting, with an outstanding group of stakeholders representing a broad range of interests in the healthcare sector. We are currently recruiting to fill the Project Coordinator role, and will shortly begin researching leading practices from Ontario and other jurisdictions. We plan to engage additional stakeholders as part of this process, to ensure we have an informed perspective from people already utilizing these methodologies.


FAQ of the month:  What is innovation procurement? Per the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), innovation procurement is defined as “the purchase of solutions that do not exist in the market, or need to be adapted or improved to meet specified needs and create value for users and the procuring organization”.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:29:00 PM

Sarah Friesen Named Project Manager 

In August 2017, HSCN announced the launch of the Expansion of Innovation Procurement Toolkits and Training project, an initiative to expand the Innovation Procurement Toolkit with tools and templates to support the early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models identified in the interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement recently released by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  

Zach Pocklington, Co-chair of HSCN, is pleased to announce that after an open competition process, Sarah Friesen has been named Project Manager for this initiative.  Sarah comes very well qualified to manage this important project, having supported the development of numerous other toolkits on behalf of HSCN, and we are thrilled she has agreed to move into the role.  
 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 2:27:00 PM