Supply chain management
Southeast Ontario hospitals to use shared
TORONTO – Shared Support Services
Southeastern Ontario (3SO) has selected the SAP ERP application, from
SAP Canada, as the standard technology platform to centralize, manage
and realize better value from procurement processes for its members, and
reduce IT and procurement costs.
3SO members include Brockville General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital of
Kingston, Kingston General Hospital, Perth and Smiths Falls District
Hospital, Providence Care and Quinte Healthcare Corporation.
3SO was created by six healthcare organizations in Southeastern Ontario
as a shared services initiative to develop a regional integrated supply
chain management model in order to optimize the use of funds for medical
supplies, services and capital equipment. The organization also aims to
drive continuous adoption of best practices in supply chain management
among the area hospitals.
“A few of our members have already participated in integrated supply
chain management services in the past and have realized benefits such as
reduced costs and increased efficiencies,” said Lyndon Smith, general
“With the rising costs of providing healthcare to Ontarians, we needed
to find a way to further capitalize on these business benefits for a
wider base of hospitals – utilizing a shared services approach will
allow us to do so,” said Smith.
“After reviewing our options through a formal evaluation process with
representatives from all six healthcare organizations, we unanimously
chose SAP as best positioned to meet our functional and technical needs,
as well as for its experience in the healthcare industry.”
Kingston General Hospital, a member of 3SO, implemented SAP ERP
previously to better manage its back-office processes and has seen
significant improvements in reporting and control of government
subsidies, increased accuracy in tracking project costs and enhanced
efficiency in processing employee vacation accruals and quotas. The new
project will expand the existing SAP system at Kingston General Hospital
and integrate procurement processes across member hospitals in
3SO will leverage SAP ERP, a proven, market-leading enterprise resource
planning application that helps organizations better manage their
businesses, optimize operations and perform critical functions,
including procurement and logistics, financials, human capital
management, and sales and service.
According to SAP, it provides powerful analytic functionality to improve
decision-making and increase efficiency in procurement, inventory and
warehouse management, and customer service, among others.
SAP ERP supports shared services models by automating and standardizing
core business processes that thereby reduce IT complexity and costs. The
application also increases supply chain visibility and enables real-time
collaboration among customers, suppliers and partners.
“Canadian public services organizations, especially in healthcare, are
increasingly working together and sharing information, processes and
infrastructure to deliver maximum value to their customers,” said Mark
Aboud, president and managing director, SAP Canada. “SAP has enabled
hundreds of organizations in Canada and worldwide to deliver shared
services to reduce costs, leverage best practices, maximize resources
and increase competitive advantage. With shared services, healthcare
customers such as 3SO can gain financial savings and efficiencies to
help lower healthcare costs and further improve patient care for
About Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario
Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO) is a nonprofit shared
services organization created to develop a regional integrated supply
chain management model to oversee procurement and logistics for health
service providers in Southeastern Ontario. Its focus is to optimize the
use of healthcare funds for supplies and continue to facilitate the
adoption of leading supply chain practices.
About SAP Canada Inc.
SAP Canada Inc., based in Toronto, is a subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE:SAP),
the world’s leading provider of business software. SAP applications are
helping Canadian enterprises of all sizes improve productivity and
customer relationships, reduce costs, increase revenues and
profitability, and create efficiencies across supply chains and business
operations. SAP Labs Canada, a division of SAP Canada, develops
cutting-edge software for a wide array of SAP applications from its
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver locations. SAP Canada and Business
Objects, an SAP company, have collectively more than 1,200 customers and
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