Addressing supply chain issues with rapid design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing of products and parts.
March 10, 2022 (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) – The Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network is proud to announce the launch of the second commercialization project in the Atlantic Region with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Eastern Health adopting PolyUnity Tech Inc’s (PolyUnity) health-tech solutions.
Health-care organizations locally and around the world face an enormous challenge of delivering higher levels of service while driving productivity and efficiencies to ensure effective cost management of service delivery. Simultaneously, they are also challenged with inefficient procurement solutions, massive global supply chain issues, as well as logistical management and uncertainties that dramatically increase costs and create issues for health-care 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 health care procurement, builds supply chain resiliency, and reduces its carbon footprint. It enables health-care 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 helping to break down barriers to scaling in Canada’s health-care system. Working with health-care 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 4 months before Eastern Health makes a procurement decision, and is expected to help reduce costs associated with product procurement, inventory, shipping and distribution. Additionally, the project aims to reduce downtime of equipment and processes while providing a means of redeploying unusable or inoperative equipment, identify novel product ideas that solve a problem for the health-care system, and create a system that empowers localized manufacturing and illustrates a network effect of sharing products and solutions across multiple health-care organizations across Canada.
“Eastern Health has embarked on an exciting innovation journey that aims to improve the health outcomes of our patients, clients and residents, while benefitting our health-care system and province. Working with partners such as PolyUnity and CAN Health Network adds value as it helps us to achieve the goals laid out in our innovation strategy.” – Ron Johnson, Vice President of Innovation and Rural Health, Eastern Health.
“PolyUnity is driven by its purpose of improving lives and healthcare outcomes, globally. Our i3D.Health solution is represented by exponential advancements in health-tech innovations that are poised to provide significant positive impacts in improving financial, operational, environmental, and patient outcomes. We are very pleased to be working with Eastern Health and the CAN Health Network on this world class opportunity.” – Mark Gillingham, President, PolyUnity Tech Inc.
“CAN Health Network empowers and enables Canadian innovators like Poly Unity to succeed, right here at home. 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.” – Dr. Dante Morra, Chair of CAN Health Network and Chief of Staff, Trillium Health Partner
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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. Serving a population of over 300,000, Eastern Health’s geographic boundaries extend west from St. John’s to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.
ABOUT POLYUNITY TECH INC
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 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. For more information on PolyUnity, please visit www.polyunity.com or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/polyunity
ABOUT CAN HEALTH
The CAN Health Network is a Canada-first approach to technology adoption. It helps break down barriers to scaling in the health care 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. The Network has received $3.5 million in 2019 and $3.25 million in 2021 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), $3.5 million from PrairiesCan and PacifiCan, and most recently, $2.2 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to build a national platform that harnesses the purchasing power of health care organizations. To learn more about the CAN Health Network, visit canhealthnetwork.ca.
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