When the North East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) was looking for a partner to support the procurement of medical supplies, HealthPRO, a national healthcare procurement services organization, was the clear choice.
The North East is the first CCAC in Ontario to increase its purchasing power by joining hospitals and other health care providers in negotiating supply contracts as a group through HealthPRO, a national healthcare procurement services organization.
According to Lisa Romanko, Director, Procurement and Performance Management, forging a relationship with a company that shares the CCAC values of excellence and accountability is a natural fit.
"With growing demand for our services in the North East we are always looking for innovative ways we can achieve administrative savings and have more money to put towards frontline patient care," says Romanko. "Through the cost savings achieved by partnering with HealthPRO, we saw an opportunity to maximize resources and ensure good fiscal accountability, which is good for our patients."
Since becoming a HealthPRO member nearly a year ago, the North East CCAC has implemented several HealthPRO contracts for medical supplies. So far, the CCAC estimates potential savings of $250,000 on these contracts over the course of the year, and could save up to 30% going forward on products it uses regularly.
In addition to saving money that can be reinvested in patient care, the partnership with HealthPRO creates other benefits. For example, retaining consistency in medical products between hospital and home ensures familiarity for physicians and nurses, resulting in smoother transitions. This in turn can increase comfort for patients and caregivers who may become used to certain products.
"Participating in our contracts allows the North East CCAC to benefit from the significant savings generated through our nationally aggregated volumes," says Cynthia Valaitis, President and CEO, HealthPRO. "The efficiencies realized when health care system partners cooperate in large buying groups help to maximize resources and ensure good fiscal accountability. HealthPRO is pleased to facilitate this cooperation and help our clients deliver a better patient experience."
Romanko says the CCAC is pleased with the outcome so far, and foresees even greater results. "We've just begun to realize the benefits, and we expect the result will ultimately be more patient-centered care."
For a list of North East members, visit the Member Director at the HealthPRO website under Ontario.