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October 18, 2017

New HealthPRO Medication Evaluation Measure Increases Barcoding on Unit-of-Use by 10%

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 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 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.

March 22, 2016

HealthPRO’s Strategy Avoided 85% of Drug Supply Disruptions on Split Award Contracts

In response to the drug shortage crisis in 2012, HealthPRO, in collaboration with its Pharmacy Advisory Council, introduced a number of innovative contract strategies, including Split Awards. Applied to critical, hospital-specific drugs, these contracts are awarded to two suppliers, ensuring that a secondary source of supply is readily available during temporary disruptions.

March 08, 2016

HSCN Conference: Registration Now Open

The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) National Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition will be held in Toronto from May 9th to the 11th.

March 08, 2016

HealthPRO Launches First Capital Equipment Contracts

One year following the introduction of its new service area, HealthPRO’s first Capital Equipment contracts for Beds, Stretchers and Surfaces will be launching early this spring.

February 23, 2016

HealthPRO Increases GTINs Associated with Contracted Medical Device Products by 48%

As one of the key building blocks of the GS1 System, Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) provide the ability to track items as they move through the global supply chain to the end-user. These unique identifiers play an essential role in enhancing patient safety and driving operational efficiencies.

February 17, 2016

Driving Patient Safety and Savings through Innovative Healthcare Technology

HealthPRO Contract 03527 offers members a surface repair product called CleanPatchTM. Recently profiled in Hospital News, this innovative product is designed to repair soft surfaces to an intact and hygienic state, and costs a fraction of the price of a new mattress.

February 16, 2016

HealthPRO Congratulates CSHP Safe Medication Practices Award Recipients, Donna Woloschuk and Cenzina Caligiuri

Completed at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in Manitoba, a member organization of HealthPRO, the pair created an effective, sustainable, multi-faceted quality assurance (QA) program that is compatible with contemporary aseptic compounding standards.

January 28, 2016

Our Collective Voice on Product Concerns Enhances Patient Safety

From labelling and packaging issues to defects, product concerns can affect patient safety, a matter that is top priority for HealthPRO and our members.

January 18, 2016

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

HealthPRO member, Plexxus, has been named 2015 Canadian Healthcare Supply Chain Department of the Year for demonstrating their value relative to teamwork, innovation, customer service, patient care, and comprehensive strategic planning.

December 14, 2015

HealthPRO Member Collaboration on Product Evaluations Supports Patient Safety

The broad engagement and collective experience of professionals on our PICCs and Ports Clinical Subcommittee, directly supports our members’ efforts to enhance patient safety and promote better risk management.

December 10, 2015

Collective Strategic Sourcing drives Efficiencies and Savings

Over the next three years, 3sHealth stands to save up to $2.5M across a range of HealthPRO clinical contracts including Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, Multifunction Defibrillator Pads and Ostomy Supplies. The Negative Pressure Wound Therapy contract alone is positioned to generate savings of more than $1.5M over three years.

December 08, 2015

46 Member Experts Evaluate Products Submitted as Part of HealthPRO’s 2016 Pharmacy RFP

On December 1st and 2nd, 2015, HealthPRO hosted evaluation meetings for products submitted as part of the 2016 Pharmacy RFP.

November 25, 2015

HealthPRO Congratulates CSHP Mentorship Award Recipient, Heather Kertland

Heather Kertland has been awarded the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Ontario Branch Mentorship Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy through teaching or mentorship.

November 16, 2015

Using Communications to Improve Patient Safety: HealthPRO Members Discuss their Initiatives, Best Practices and Successes

On October 29th, a panel of HealthPRO members assembled as part of Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement to discuss their initiatives, best practices and successes in using communications to improve patient safety.

November 11, 2015

HealthPRO’s VP, Materials Management to Participate in Executive Panel on Value-Based Procurement

Krista Stagliano, HealthPRO’s Vice President of Materials Management, has been invited to participate in an executive panel discussion hosted by the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Innovation Procurement in Health Care.

November 03, 2015

HealthPRO’s VP of Pharmacy Services to Speak at Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Conference on Drug Oversight, Safety & Supply

On November 20, 2015, Kathy Boyle, HealthPRO’s Vice President of Pharmacy Services will participate in the OHA’s third annual Drugs: Oversight, Safety and Supply Conference in Toronto.

October 28, 2015

Our National Collective Voice Influences Supplier to Make Product Change that Improves Patient Safety

In June 2015, a fatal event was reported to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), when a nurse in the United-States confused two dosing scales that appeared on a plastic oral liquid dosing cup. The cup had an archaic measure – drams – which the nurse confused as milliliter (mL), resulting in administering a dose three times what was intended.

October 27, 2015

HealthPRO Congratulates Alberta Health Services and GHX for Advancing Global Standards in Healthcare

GHX and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have launched a collaborative initiative assembling eight leading Canadian healthcare organizations, aimed at enhancing the adoption of GS1 global standards across the country.

October 19, 2015

HealthPRO Posts 2016 Pharmacy RFP

On October 1st, HealthPRO posted its 2016 Pharmacy Request for Proposal (RFP) representing approximately 1,700 line items including injectables, oral solids, topicals and ophthalmic products.

October 15, 2015

HealthPRO Members Participate in Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

On October 29th, a panel of HealthPRO members will assemble as part of Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement during Canadian Patient Safety Week to discuss their initiatives, best practices and successes in using communications to improve patient safety.

October 08, 2015

HealthPRO Contracts to Generate Up to 30% Savings for North East Community Care Access Centre

When the North East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) was looking for a partner to support the procurement of medical supplies, HealthPRO was the clear choice.

October 05, 2015

Industry Leaders Discuss the Future of Canadian Healthcare Innovation

An expert panel, representing the views of group purchasing, a provincial health authority, and suppliers discuss our country’s healthcare innovation challenge.

September 30, 2015

HealthPRO Launches LinkedIn Company Page

HealthPRO has launched a corporate presence on LinkedIn to exchange knowledge with the millions of healthcare professionals in Canada and beyond.

September 25, 2015

Health Canada Releases Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Case Report

On September 24, 2015, Health Canada released a case report to remind healthcare professionals that Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) should be selected for patients carefully and to take proper precautions in consideration with patient risk factors*. This follows a recent report from the Office of the Chief Coroner involving a NPWT device.

September 11, 2015

HealthPRO Progress - Summer/Fall 2015

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

September 02, 2015

HealthPRO Progress: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line is a HealthPRO Progress feature, providing a high level overview of contract savings over the last year and recent contract award highlights.

August 31, 2015

HealthPRO’s Contract Differential Refund Service Helps Recover $6.4M for Members in the last year

Through our Contract Differential Refund Service (CDRS), HealthPRO helps recover additional costs and lost rebate dollars on behalf of members, resulting from a pharmacy supplier's product going on backorder.

August 27, 2015

HealthPRO Members Participate in Health Canada Pharmaceutical Consultation

Health Canada recently conducted a consultation on the impact proposed regulations for tamper-resistant pharmaceuticals would have on the supply chain, specifically for controlled release products containing oxycodone, an often abused drug.

August 21, 2015

HealthPRO Assembles Expert Panel for Canadian Patient Safety Week

On October 29th, a panel of HealthPRO members will assemble as part of Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement during Canadian Patient Safety Week to discuss their initiatives, best practices and successes in using communications to improve patient safety.

July 31, 2015

HealthPRO’s 2015 Pharmacy RFP Delivers Best Value and Promotes Assurance of Supply

On June 1st, new contracts resulting from the largest pharmacy RFP in HealthPRO’s history were launched, representing more than 3,300 products ranging from injectables to oral solids.