News

May 10, 2018

National Nursing Week Profile: Jane Schouten

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has interviewed several clinicians from across the county, including our very own Clinical Director, Jane Schouten.

May 10, 2018

National Nursing Week Profile: Doris Gilbert

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has interviewed several of its member clinicians from across the county.

May 09, 2018

Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) Conference May 14-16, 2018

HealthPRO is proud to support the annual Healthcare Supply Chain Network conference, and pleased to introduce this year’s Keynote Speaker, Louise Wendling who is a founder and past CEO of Canada’s retail giant, Costco.

May 08, 2018

What we learned from InnovationEX 2018

On May 4th, at the InnovationEx five-year anniversary event, several HealthPRO members showcased the amazing things that happen when you collaborate across departments.

May 02, 2018

National Nursing Week Profile: Maria Jones

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has interviewed several of its member clinicians from across the county.

April 25, 2018

Alleviating the Effects of Drug Shortages Requires Cooperation and Communication

In late February, Christine Donaldson, HealthPRO’s Vice President, Pharmacy Services participated in a panel to discuss drug shortages and related mitigation strategies.

April 18, 2018

HealthPRO’s Transforming, Together Campaign Recognized among World’s Best Communications

On Monday, April 16, 2018, HealthPRO was honoured with the coveted Gold Quill Merit Award for videos created as part of the Pharmacy Services Transforming, Together campaign.

March 25, 2018

HealthPRO Hosts RFP Information Session for Suppliers

On Friday, March 2, 2018, HealthPRO, along with members from its Pharmacy Advisory Council, welcomed 59 suppliers from 39 pharmaceutical companies to an information session on the upcoming RFPs for General Trade and Oncology products.

March 23, 2018

Pharmacy Awareness Month Profile Series, Part V: Christine Donaldson

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part profile series, to help shed light on the roles of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 22, 2018

HealthPRO Launches Pandemic Staff Supply Contract for Oseltamivir Phosphate (Tamiflu®)

Driven by the need of several Ontario-based HealthPRO members, this contract is specifically for pandemic stockpile supply to be used for antiviral prophylaxis for hospital staff, physicians, and volunteers in the event of an influenza pandemic.

March 19, 2018

Pharmacy Awareness Month Profile Series, Part IV: Patty Shinkewski

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part profile series, to help shed light on the roles of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 14, 2018

A Look into the Future of Medical Technology

HealthPRO got a glimpse into the future of medical technology during a recent visit to the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto.

March 13, 2018

Pharmacy Awareness Month Profile Series, Part III: Marvin Butler

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part profile series, to help shed light on the roles of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 08, 2018

Pharmacy Awareness Month Profile Series, Part II: Lori Hanson

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part profile series, to help shed light on the roles of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 05, 2018

Pharmacy Awareness Month Profile Series, Part I: Linda Morris

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part profile series, to help shed light on the roles of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

February 26, 2018

HealthPRO Welcomes Karlie DeAngelis as Clinical Advisor

As a HealthPRO Clinical Advisor, Karlie will lend her experience and expertise to various clinical contracts and will play a key role in leading HealthPRO Clinical Committees.

February 20, 2018

HealthPRO Congratulates CSHP Safe Medication Practices Award Recipients

Sandra Walker, Michael Wan, Marion Elligsen, and Lesley Palmay were recently awarded the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Safe Medication Practices Award.

February 07, 2018

HealthPRO participates in Global Forum to discuss Industry-Wide Drug Shortage Mitigation Techniques

On February 28th, HealthPRO’s Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Christine Donaldson, will participate in a discussion panel at the 2018 Global Forum: Temperature Controlled Life Science Supply Chains

January 31, 2018

Growing the global conversation and supporting Canada’s mental health

To date, the Bell Let's Talk campaign has generated more than $86 million for mental health initiatives across the country, including programs offered by HealthPRO’s member hospitals.

January 31, 2018

HealthPRO launches contract for Professional Telepharmacy Services

“This service, which employs a pharmacist-sharing model, supports enhanced medication safety by helping to ensure the right medication in the right dose goes to the right patient, says Jamie Fiaschetti, Patient Care Manager, Services de santé de Chapleau Health Services.”

January 19, 2018

HealthPRO Congratulates CSHP Ontario Branch Award Recipients

The CSHP Ontario Branch Awards Program is designed to recognize excellence in Hospital Pharmacy practice, show appreciation to deserving members of the Branch, and further the mission of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

January 08, 2018

Multi-Supplier Award Contracts Drive Value for Members

There is growing evidence that MSA contracts are a significant source of cost savings, often far beyond a single award strategy.

December 13, 2017

National Volumes Drive Savings for HealthPRO Members

“Participating in HealthPRO’s contracts equates to significant savings that can be redirected to patient care which is pivotal to 3SO.”

December 13, 2017

HealthPRO Participates in Health Canada Engagement Session on Improving Access to and Use of Necessary Therapeutic Products

Earlier this fall, Christine Donaldson, HealthPRO’s Vice President, Pharmacy Services was invited to participate in a stakeholder engagement session hosted by Health Canada's Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB).

December 12, 2017

HealthPRO’s Healthcare Sustainability Video Wins 2017 MarCom Platinum Award

As the year and Canada’s 150th birthday draw to a close, HealthPRO is proud to announce that its healthcare sustainability video has been named a 2017 MarCom Platinum Winner.

December 07, 2017

HealthPRO Continues to Grow Capital Equipment Contract Portfolio, Driving Best Member Value

In 2018, several new Capital Equipment contracts will be available for commitment including point of care ultrasound devices and patient lift systems.

October 18, 2017

The Importance of Providing Advance Notification of Product Changes

In response to pharmacists’ requests from across the country for manufacturers to provide at least 60 days’ notice of any changes to their products, HealthPRO launched a National Protocol for the Advance Notification of Product Changes.

October 18, 2017

New HealthPRO Medication Evaluation Measure Increases Barcoding on Unit-of-Use by 22%

In January 2017, HealthPRO, in consultation with the Pharmacy Advisory Council, implemented a new measure to improve barcoding on injectable products’ unit-of-use.

October 05, 2017

Barcoding and Medication Safety

Medication in a ready-to-administer format with a readable barcode on the unit-of-use supports patient safety and helps the right medication reach the right patient, in the right dose.

October 05, 2017

HealthPRO Recognizes Canadian Patient Safety Week: October 30-November 3

Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) is a national, annual campaign started by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality throughout the healthcare system.

October 04, 2017

Members Benefit from Significant Savings on HealthPRO’s New Breast Reconstruction Contracts

“To realize significant savings on top of the resource efficiencies means everyone using the Breast Reconstruction Program benefits,” notes Dr. Glykeria Martou, Plastic Surgeon, Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

October 04, 2017

HealthPRO Appoints Ray Elsass to the role of Director, Support Services

As HealthPRO’s Director, Support Services, Ray will manage a wide range of product and service contracts from Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) and biomedical waste disposal to bulk and cylinder gases, among others.

September 21, 2017

Patient Experience Front and Centre: A Perspective from the Cleveland Clinic

At the Cleveland Clinic whether you clean rooms, volunteer at the information desk or perform cardiac surgery you’re known by one term – caregiver. At the recent OHA Health Care Leadership Summit President and CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove explained how focusing on the patient experience has transformed care and united employees across the organization.

September 06, 2017

Manitoba health regions enlist HealthPRO’s Signature contracting service for provincial initiative

Working with stakeholders across Manitoba’s many health regions, including project leads from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Prairie Mountain Health (PMH), HealthPRO’s Signature Services team helped navigate the intricate clinical specifications and vast logistical requirements for this large-scale, provincial initiative.

August 28, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacy Services Member CAMH Earns Prestigious HIMSS Stage 7 Designation

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a HealthPRO Pharmacy Services member, has become the first academic research and teaching hospital and only the second hospital in Canada to earn a Stage 7 designation from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

August 08, 2017

HealthPRO Business Leads Earn Industry-Recognized Supply Chain Management Designation

In July 2017, two of HealthPRO’s business leads —Kendra Frey, Senior Director, Materials Management and Kathy Kennedy, Director, Clinical and Clinical Specialties — earned their Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation.

July 19, 2017

Drug Shortages in the News

A number of drug shortages have been covered in the news over the past several weeks, following is a summary of the action that HealthPRO, in collaboration with members, continues to take to alleviate their impacts across the country, as well as a report on the status of these backorders.

July 12, 2017

Working together means you should never worry alone

“Working together means that you should never worry alone,” was how Dr. Brian Robson, Medical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, set the tone for his story about the cultural transformation of NHS Scotland during the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Atlantic Learning Exchange held in Charlottetown, PEI.

July 07, 2017

HealthPRO’s 21st Annual General Meeting

On June 19th, HealthPRO held its 21st Annual General Meeting. Our theme, Transforming for the Future, highlighted our continued commitment to innovation and transformation, which have served as underpinnings of HealthPRO’s culture for more than two decades.

June 26, 2017

National Pharmacy Experts Conduct Rigorous Product Evaluations Contributing to Safe Medication Management

Over two days, 43 experts from across the country came together to evaluate products submitted as part of HealthPRO’s 2018 Pharmacy RFP, based on criteria that focus on minimizing the risk of preventable medication errors.

May 30, 2017

It takes two hats to properly assess if our healthcare system is performing as it should

Economist Colin Busby weighs in with the good, the bad and the possible.

May 19, 2017

HealthPRO launches National Protocol for the Advance Notification of Product Changes

In response to pharmacists’ requests from across the country for manufacturers to provide at least 60 days’ notice of any changes to their products, HealthPRO has launched a National Protocol for the Advance Notification of Product Changes.

May 11, 2017

National Nursing Week Professional Profile Series: Nancy Ann Batten

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has created a professional profile series featuring several of its member clinicians from across the county.

May 10, 2017

National Nursing Week Professional Profile Series: Barbara Anderson

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has created a professional profile series featuring several of its member clinicians from across the county.

May 08, 2017

National Nursing Week Professional Profile Series: Linda McCann

In celebration of National Nursing Week, HealthPRO has created a professional profile series featuring several of its member clinicians from across the county.

May 02, 2017

HealthPRO Appoints Christine Donaldson to the role of Vice President, Pharmacy Services

HealthPRO is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Donaldson to the role of Vice President, Pharmacy Services effective May 23, 2017.

April 25, 2017

Join us for the 10th Annual National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference

The annual conference is a three-day event for industry professionals, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about leading practice innovation while networking with colleagues from across the country.

April 24, 2017

3 Ways to Help Minimize Harm from High-Alert Medications

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada, high-alert medications are drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error. Although mistakes may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are more devastating to patients, which is why prevention is of ongoing importance.

April 12, 2017

HealthPRO Member Hospitals Host Annual Healthcare Innovation Expo

On April 5, 2017, six of HealthPRO’s member hospitals hosted InnovationEX 2017, an annual event focused on collaboration and sharing to improve quality, safety and performance in healthcare.

March 28, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacist Profile Series, Part V: Gord McGreevy

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part Pharmacist Profile Series, to help shed light on the roles of these professionals who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 22, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacist Profile Series, Part IV: Tracey Simpson

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part Pharmacist Profile Series, to help shed light on the roles of these professionals who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 21, 2017

Transforming, Together: Campaign Successes

Five months ago, HealthPRO helped facilitate the beginning of an important dialogue between hospitals and more than 50 representatives from Canada’s pharmaceutical industry, to help collectively drive critical product and market changes.

March 15, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacist Profile Series, Part III: Marc Geirnaert

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part Pharmacist Profile Series, to help shed light on the roles of these professionals who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

March 09, 2017

Price is just one piece of HealthPRO’s sourcing puzzle

Members who participate in HealthPRO’s contracts undoubtedly benefit from the best price due to nationally aggregated volumes. However price is just one piece of the contracting puzzle.

March 08, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacist Profile Series, Part II: Margaret Murray

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part Pharmacist Profile Series, to help shed light on the roles of these professionals who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

February 28, 2017

HealthPRO Pharmacist Profile Series, Part I: Mario Bédard

As part of Pharmacy Awareness Month, HealthPRO has created a five-part Pharmacist Profile Series, to help shed light on the roles of these professionals who are integral to the Canadian healthcare system.

February 27, 2017

HealthPRO Congratulates CSHP Safe Medication Practices Award Recipients, Nicole MacDonald, Leslie Manuel, Haley Brennan and Richard Wanbon

This award comes on the heels of a study completed at the Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick, which looked at how well non-acute patients waiting in the emergency department (ED) completed a self-guided Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) form, which has positive implications for patient safety.

February 14, 2017

Does Your Facility Need Automatic External Defibrillators?

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, as many as 45,000 Canadians experience a sudden cardiac arrest each year. Early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (1 to 3 minutes after cardiac arrest) is vital. These actions may increase the chance of survival by 75% or more.

February 08, 2017

How a National Healthcare Group Purchasing Organization can Support Local Economic Development

HealthPRO is often asked how a national GPO can promote local economic development when representing the purchasing interests of public healthcare organizations who must follow national and provincial procurement regulations.

January 18, 2017

Members Benefit as HealthPRO’s Capital Equipment Portfolio Grows

Launched in 2015, HealthPRO’s Capital Equipment service has already grown to 10 contracts including hospital beds, office furniture and supply carts, generating savings for members across the country.

January 10, 2017

Transforming, Together: Collectively Driving Critical Market Changes

In September 2016, HealthPRO’s pharmacy members hosted its first interactive event with more than 50 pharmaceutical suppliers to discuss their evolving needs and jointly identify solutions that will enhance patient safety, supply chain efficiencies and contribute to improved patient outcomes.

December 08, 2016

Effective Engagement and Partnership Drives 46% Savings and Standardization for the North Bay Regional Health Centre

Hospitals across the country are constantly under pressure to minimize costs and become more efficient, while improving patient care. A key strategy that North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) utilizes to address these challenges is to maximize their participation in HealthPRO contracts, from Clinical and Capital Equipment to Pharmacy and Nutrition and Food services.

December 01, 2016

HealthPRO’s Point of Care Testing Contracts Support Patient Safety across the Continuum of Care

On November 1, HealthPRO’s Signature Services launched two Point of Care Testing (POCT) contracts for glucose meters, the first of their kind for HealthPRO.

November 23, 2016

HealthPRO Congratulates HMMS, Canada’s Healthcare Supply Chain Department of the Year

HealthPRO member, Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS), has been named 2016 Canadian Healthcare Supply Chain Department of the Year for demonstrating their value relative to teamwork, innovation, customer service, patient care, and comprehensive strategic planning.

November 16, 2016

HealthPRO National Multi-Supplier Awards: Driving Choice and Savings

Three years ago, HealthPRO introduced multi-supplier awards to address the increasing complexity and diversity of our members’ needs across the country. This strategy has proven to be very beneficial for our members, especially for Shared Service Organizations and Health Authorities whose contracts are used by a large group of hospitals.

November 16, 2016

HealthPRO Advances Member Knowledge through Clinical Advisory Committee Education Forums

To provide an opportunity for shared learning, HealthPRO hosted a two-day Education Forum on September 22nd and 23rd for members of our Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised of 31 clinicians from across the country.

November 01, 2016

New Strategic Advisory Committee to Lead Strategy and Impact Key Industry Issues

On October 27th and 28th, HealthPRO held its first meeting with its newly formed strategic advisory committee, a group comprised of senior-level supply chain and clinical leaders from across its membership.

October 25, 2016

HealthPRO Reinforces Importance of GS1 Barcoding on Unit-of-Use for Injectables in Evaluation of Future Pharmacy RFPs

Due to the high level of automation in hospitals, a readable barcode on a product’s unit-of-use has become fundamental to the efficiency of a hospital’s operations, the traceability of a supplier’s product and to safe medication management.

October 20, 2016

Members Engage HealthPRO to Support Multi-SSO Collaboration

Three Ontario Shared Service Organizations (SSOs)—Central Ontario Healthcare Procurement Alliance (COHPA), Champlain Health Supply Services (CHSS) and Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO) — recently engaged HealthPRO to create a single RFP for breast reconstruction implants.

September 30, 2016

Designing Medication Safety at the Global Level

On October 24, 2016, Kathy Boyle, HealthPRO’s Vice President, Pharmacy Services will present at the 2016 International Medication Safety Network (IMSN) Global Regulatory Meeting.

September 20, 2016

HealthPRO Launches New Pharmacy Service

HealthPRO is pleased to announce the launch of Pharmacy Innovation, a new service dedicated to the development of contracts for products that represent an increasingly growing proportion of hospital pharmacy investment.

September 15, 2016

HealthPRO Members Benefiting from Savings and Flexibility on Furniture Contract

HealthPRO’s Capital Equipment portfolio continues to grow with the launch of an Office, Lounge and General Area Furniture contract (CE4119), which is now open for commitment by members across the country.

September 08, 2016

Transforming, Together: Amplifying our Members’ Collective Voices to Drive Critical Market Changes

On September 27th, HealthPRO members will be hosting an interactive event to discuss their evolving needs with pharmaceutical suppliers and jointly identify solutions that will enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiencies.

July 06, 2016

HealthPRO’s 20th Annual General Meeting

On June 20, 2016, HealthPRO held its 20th Annual General Meeting. Our theme, Strengthening Canada's Healthcare System, Together highlighted our collective successes over the last two decades and importantly our ambitious plans for the future.

June 01, 2016

HealthPRO’s Market Response Strategy yields nearly $30 million in savings for pharmacy members in the last year

When patented products become genericized, there is often an opportunity to benefit from significant savings. When this happens during the contract period, HealthPRO protects members’ interests through its Market Response Strategy.

May 11, 2016

HealthPRO’s Energy Management Partner Saves Participating Ontario Members $2 Million

By working with ECNG, HealthPRO’s national energy management partner, members can benefit from the best market pricing for natural gas and electricity.

May 04, 2016

HealthPRO Members Benefit from Pandemic Management Pricing Agreements

To assist members with pandemic management, HealthPRO has established Pandemic Management Pricing Agreements for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) related products.

April 28, 2016

HealthPRO to Participate in Value-Based Procurement and Innovation Conference

Kendra Frey, HealthPRO’s Director of Signature Services, has been invited to participate in a discussion panel that will address opportunities to improve Canada’s healthcare through value-based procurement and innovation, facilitated by the Conference Board of Canada.

April 07, 2016

HealthPRO’s Signature Contract Generates 30% Savings and Resource Efficiencies for Major Toronto Hospital

Hospital staff – including healthcare workers, support staff and researchers – need high-quality and efficient tools with which to complete administrative work. This was the case for a major Toronto academic hospital looking for an efficient way to source Multi-Function Devices (MFDs), also known as all-in-one printers.

April 05, 2016

HealthPRO Progress - Spring 2016

Welcome to HealthPRO Progress, a newsletter for HealthPRO's member shareholders.

April 04, 2016

HealthPRO’s Peripheral Intervention and Interventional Radiology (PI/IR) Contracts Offer Members Flexibility and Savings up to 25%

Launched in June 2015, HealthPRO’s national Peripheral Intervention and Interventional Radiology contracts have already generated considerable savings of up to 25 per cent for committed members.

April 04, 2016

HealthPRO Welcomes New Member Participation in National Oncology and Nutrition and Food Services Contracts

This spring, HealthPRO’s Oncology and Nutrition and Food Services contracts will see a significant increase in member participation, further strengthening our national purchasing power and driving the best value for our membership.