2nd Atlantic project launched by CAN Health Network
March 16, 2022
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. – The Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network has announced the launch of a second commercialization project in the Atlantic Region, with Eastern Health adopting PolyUnity’s health-tech solutions.
Healthcare organizations around the world face an enormous challenge of delivering higher levels of service while driving productivity and efficiencies to ensure effective cost management.
They’re also challenged with inefficient procurement solutions, massive global supply chain issues, and logistical management and uncertainties that dramatically increase costs and create issues for healthcare providers and their patients.
Eastern Health, Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest health authority, and PolyUnity, a Newfoundland-based health-tech company, are addressing procurement and supply chain issues through a commercialization project aimed at delivering a fully managed product design, digital inventory and manufacturing solution.
The solution reduces the cost, time and complexity of traditional healthcare procurement, builds supply chain resiliency, and reduces its carbon footprint. It enables healthcare providers and their networks to design, access and produce what they need on-demand. Importantly, the solution is scalable across different regions and centers, including rural and remote areas.
This project is funded by CAN Health Network, an Integrated Market that breaks down barriers to scaling in Canada’s healthcare system. Working with healthcare organizations such as Eastern Health, the Network provides supportive and real-world environments for Canadian companies to scale to their full potential. In the Atlantic Provinces, the Network is led by Horizon Health Network.
The project is expected to run for four months before Eastern Health makes a procurement decision and aims to help reduce costs associated with product procurement, inventory, shipping and distribution; reducing downtime of equipment and processes while providing a means of redeploying unusable or inoperative equipment; identifying novel product ideas that solve a problem for the healthcare system; creating a system that empowers localized manufacturing, and illustrates a network effect of sharing products and solutions across multiple healthcare organizations across Canada.
“CAN Health Network empowers and enables Canadian innovators like PolyUnity to succeed, right here at home,” said Dr. Dante Morra (pictured), chair of CAN Health Network and chief of staff, Trillium Health Partners. “With Edges like Eastern Health who are committed to our mission of supporting Canadian companies we are leveraging the talent we have right here in Atlantic Canada to create jobs and promote economic prosperity.”
About Eastern Health
Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 700 medical staff, and is supported by approximately 2,000 volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.6 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services.
About PolyUnity Tech
PolyUnity is a healthcare technology company based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Their mission is to partner with healthcare organizations and use agile manufacturing to provide efficient, less expensive solutions that reduce frustrations. PolyUnity’s i3D healthcare solutions significantly reduces the cost and complexity traditional healthcare procurement builds supply chain resiliency and reduces its carbon footprint. It enables healthcare providers and their networks to design, access and produce what they need on-demand. For more about PolyUnity, please visit www.polyunity.com.
About CAN Health Network
The CAN Health Network is a Canada-first approach to technology adoption. It helps break down barriers to scaling in the healthcare system and provides an environment for companies to scale to their full potential. Currently operating in Ontario, Western and Atlantic Canada, the CAN Health Network plans to expand into Quebec and the North. For more about the CAN Health Network, visit canhealthnetwork.ca.