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Third Place in a Healthcare Supply Chain Business Case Competition

January 14, 2019

A team of three HEC Montréal students mounted the podium in the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition, held in the fall of 2018. Undergraduate and graduate students from business schools around the world took part.

The team of Vincent Collard-Tremblay, Amélie Théorêt and Noémie Villiard won third place and a $1,000 prize; first and second places went to teams from the University of Tennessee and the Rotman School of Management.

The three winning teams were announced in a press release on January 14. Video presentations of their proposals are also available online through the SCAN Health Knowledge Mobilization Platform.

Participants in the competition were challenged to use their strategic skills in designing healthcare supply chains. The event sponsor, Canadian Blood Services, asked them to come up with an innovative solution to achieve “vein-to-vein” tracking and traceability of blood products from the “veins” of donors to the “veins” of recipients.

The Competition has enabled Canadian Blood Services to identify the conditions and circumstances under which it can optimally integrate its supply chain processes with in-hospital managed care processes for patients undergoing transfusion events.

SCAN Health, which organizes this competition every year, is an international knowledge translation platform funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence and hosted by the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business. Its mission is to advance best practices in healthcare supply chains to ensure the traceability of products and improve care processes, in patients’ best interests.

The next SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition will be launched in summer 2019.