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Why should I become a member of Healthcare Supply Chain Network?2019-09-12T14:19:48-04:00

HSCN is the only supply chain association in Canada that is dedicated to healthcare. Benefits include networking opportunities with hundreds of healthcare supply chain professionals from coast to coast, and access to industry news and information through the HSCN website, HSCN monthly e-newsletter, HSCN Idea Lab, and email bulletins.

HSCN also offers professional certification through the Joint Healthcare Supply Chain Certification Course offered as a joint venture between HSCN and SCMAO… and much more.

Ready to become a member? Check out the Become a Member section of our website. We have all levels of membership available with special fees for corporate memberships, students and seniors.

How can I become a Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) member?2019-08-14T13:37:23-04:00

Interested in becoming an HSCN member? Check out the Become a Member section of our website. We have all levels of membership available with special fees for corporate memberships, students and seniors.

Help! I can’t find my membership number2019-08-21T12:57:52-04:00

Lost your membership number? We can help. Please contact us at administration@hscn.org

How do I renew my membership?2019-09-13T11:09:22-04:00

Renewing your membership is easy! When you sign up with HSCN, your membership is marked to auto-renew at the end of the subscription so you don’t have to worry about a thing! If you wish to turn this feature off or make manual payments, you may control these settings at https://hscn.org/account/subscriptions/.

Can I get a receipt for my membership dues?2019-08-14T13:39:08-04:00

Of course, please contact us at administration@hscn.org

When is the next HSCN Annual Conference?2019-08-21T15:15:03-04:00

The next HSCN Annual Conference will be hosted on May 12-13, 2020. A pre-conference Professional Development Day will take place on May 11, 2020.

Want more information? Visit our latest conference page or view under the “Resources” section of our website.

Who should attend the HSCN Annual Conference?2019-08-22T13:41:37-04:00

The Conference is attended by professionals in the healthcare sector including health regions and Ministries, Shared Services Organizations (SSOs), Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), hospitals, long-term care and other healthcare facilities as well as all levels of government and supplier companies.

What is the benefit of attending the HSCN Annual Conference?2019-08-22T13:42:00-04:00

The Conference is THE signature event for healthcare supply chain professionals in Canada. Attendance will help you to support your company’s business objectives through an enhanced supply chain.

The conference highlights the journeys and achievements within the supply chain, brings forward topical subjects to keep our industry well-informed, and showcases the value that supply chain brings to the healthcare sector.

It is the #1 opportunity to connect, network, and collaborate with providers and vendors on innovative solutions that will help improve healthcare outcomes in Canada.

How do I register to attend the Annual Conference?2019-09-10T11:46:28-04:00

A link to the conference website will be launched in January of each year and is eBlasted to a distribution list of more than 1800 health care supply chain professionals.

How do I become a presenter at the HSCN Annual Conference?2019-09-10T13:03:36-04:00

The “Call for Presentations” is issued each September and allows submissions of proposals to present an educational presentation at the HSCN Annual Conference. Proposals are reviewed and selected by the Conference Committee.

Watch for our eBlast in September of each year or contact administration@hscn.org.

How does my company register to exhibit at the HSCN Annual Conference?2019-09-16T09:49:06-04:00

Interested in exhibiting at our next conference? Please contact Caroline at caroline@astonevents.com.

How does my company take advantage of conference sponsorship and advertising opportunities?2019-08-14T14:07:59-04:00

Interested in sponsoring the HSCN Annual Conference or advertising to our attendees? Please contact Caroline at caroline@astonevents.com

What is innovation procurement?2019-09-12T14:15:41-04:00

Innovation procurement is the purchase of solutions that do not exist in the market, or need to be adapted or improved to meet specific needs and create value for users and/or the procuring organization. It is a strategic tool intended to stimulate the market to produce innovative solutions to outcome focused requirements.

Innovation procurement is not the same as value-based procurement. Value-based procurement is procurement which involves making decisions based on the overall value to the organization or system, optimizing the balance between qualitative and quantitative benefits for each set of circumstances.

All procurement should be value-based, and innovation procurement usually leverages value-based evaluation criteria to determine the best fit solution to meet the specified needs. To learn more about innovation procurement, please view our Innovation Toolkit.

Why is there a need for innovation procurement?2019-08-21T13:18:53-04:00

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.

To learn more about innovation procurement, please view our Innovation Toolkit.

What is the basis for the Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) Innovation Procurement Toolkit?2019-09-12T11:02:48-04:00

HSCN based the innovation procurement on those published in the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ (MGCS) Interim BPS Primer on Innovation Procurement. The Primer was developed in the context of MGCS’s Innovation Procurement Initiative to provide guidance on planning, designing and implementing innovation procurement.

To learn more about innovation procurement, please view our Innovation Toolkit.

What is included in the Innovation Procurement Toolkit?2019-09-16T09:50:16-04:00

The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) Innovation Procurement Toolkit includes:

  • Innovation Procurement Toolkit Navigation Guide
  • Innovation Procurement Toolkit Decision Tree
  • Early Market Strategies Guide
  • Innovation Procurement Toolkit Models Guide
  • RFP Templates
  • Service Agreement Templates

And much more. To learn more about innovation procurement, please view our Innovation Toolkit.

Are the templates developed by Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) compliant with Ontario’s BPS Procurement Directive and relevant trade agreements?2019-09-16T09:51:16-04:00

Yes, the templates are compliant with Ontario’s BPS Procurement Directive and relevant trade agreements.

Do the innovation procurement models replace the traditional procurement models represented by the Common Tendering and Contracting templates?2019-08-14T14:21:01-04:00

Innovation procurement is intended for the more complex needs of an organization. Not all procurement processes need to follow an innovation procurement process, and the traditional models will still be appropriate for procurements where specifications and requirements are clearly defined.

To learn more about innovation procurement process and benefits, please view our Innovation Toolkit.

Do you need to be a Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) member to access the Innovation Procurement Toolkit and available guides and templates?2019-09-11T16:16:05-04:00

The toolkit is available to anyone who is interested, no costs or membership is required to view the toolkit or the guides and templates. While this toolkit was developed to comply with Ontario’s BPS Procurement Directive, these templates will be based on the leading practice and will be relevant for users from other jurisdictions in Canada.

Why should I attend an educational session hosted by HSCN?2019-08-22T13:33:02-04:00

HSCN’s educational offerings will help you reach your maximum potential and succeed at work. From webinars and conferences to HCSC certification, every educational opportunity HSCN provides is specifically designed to help healthcare supply chain and materials managers enhance their skills.

How do I find out about upcoming HSCN educational events?2019-08-14T14:22:25-04:00

Check out our event calendar to view upcoming educational events hosted by HSCN.

Do you offer online educational sessions?2019-08-22T13:41:08-04:00

HSCN offers online training in Vendor Credentialing for our supplier members as well as a series of webinars for both provider and supplier members. Free webinars highlight the experiences and learnings of our members, many of whom have presented at recent HSCN National Conferences.

Free webinars are also offered in conjunction with GS1 to keep healthcare supply chain professionals current on healthcare standards. HSCN offers advanced “pay for” webinars, open to both members and non-members on topics that are current and relevant to today’s market. Check out our Events Calendar to learn more about monthly events offered through HSCN.

Can anyone run for an open seat?2019-09-12T14:14:51-04:00

You must be a current Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) member in good standing for at least 1 year to apply for an open seat on the board.

Not a member? Check out the Become a Member section of our website. We have all levels of membership available with special fees for corporate memberships, students and seniors.

How do I receive CEU credits for attendance at a HSCN educational session?2019-08-21T13:13:52-04:00

Did you recently attend an educational session hosted by HSCN? Please contact us at administration@hscn.org for information on receiving CEU credits.

I’m interested in joining the board. What should I do?2019-08-14T14:26:08-04:00

Each February, Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) conducts elections for board member positions. This is communicated to all members through the HSCN eNewsletter and in the Events Calendar.

If you are a current HSCN member and are interested in running for office, please contact us at administration@hscn.org.

Other than the board, what other opportunities are there to support HSCN?2019-08-21T15:19:02-04:00

Members of Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) can volunteer to serve on one of five subcommittees of the board, which help shape the organization.

For members who are passionate about advancing their profession and would like to “roll up their sleeves” and “dig into the details”, committees are a wonderful place to start. Leaders who can motivate, coordinate, and execute Committee agendas are critical to HSCN’s success. Committees are where the important work of HSCN gets done! The HSCN Board of Directors set the vision and strategic direction for the organization and committees execute the nuts and bolts work of the organization.

Interested in joining a committee? Contact us at administration@hscn.org.

How can I contact a board member directly?2019-08-21T15:19:59-04:00

Current HSCN members have access to board contact information directly, located in the members section of the website.

Non-members should contact us at administration@hscn.org.

Can HSCN help me in finding job opportunities?2019-09-10T13:05:21-04:00

Our Job Opportunities page offers an online tool for searching for new employment opportunities in the healthcare supply chain field. Employers post open jobs directly online and they are sent out to HSCN’s distribution list of more than 1800 professionals as they arise.

How can I advertise a job posting on the HSCN website?2019-08-22T13:44:09-04:00

To post a job that will be seen by thousands of industry professionals, please submit your available job opportunity through our job posting form.

Do you offer advertising opportunities on your website?2019-08-14T14:41:09-04:00

Yes, please check out our Media Kit online.

Does Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) offer training on the templates?2019-09-12T14:18:26-04:00

Health service providers and suppliers looking for information and tools to guide them through the complexities of Innovation Procurement can visit our toolkit section for more information.

The toolkit includes templates and guides to support early market engagement strategies and innovation procurement models. HSCN also offers webinars and in-person training in Innovation Procurement upon request and with suitable numbers. Please contact us at administration@hscn.org for more information.