In a world of many long-term care facilities, the importance of wound care supplies cannot be overstated. Caring for residents with wounds requires not only specialized knowledge and expertise, but also a reliable supply of wound care products. However, for many long-term care facilities, sourcing and purchasing these products can be a time-consuming and frustrating process.
Fortunately, there is good news for long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia. Health Association Nova Scotia (HANS)/ igility Services have recently entered into a new group purchasing agreement with HealthPRO on behalf of department-funded long-term care facilities. This new agreement will provide ongoing, reliable access to the wound care supplies that these facilities need to take care of their residents, while also streamlining the purchasing process. At igility, we strive to create more time to care—that’s what this partnership will assist with.
Under this new agreement, HANS members and long-term care facilities will have access to a wide variety of products, including advanced wound care products from top manufacturers such as dressings, bandages, compression garments, and more. This will allow facilities to select the products that best meet the needs of their residents and ensure that they have a consistent supply of high-quality wound care supplies on hand—at a low, competitive rate. Facilities will also be able to take advantage of volume discounts which will help with financial savings and stretching their budgets further.
The Wound Management Program was started by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) in April 2021, and since then we have been able to grow our team and create a significant impact in the sector. Partnering with HealthPRO is a huge benefit for this program as well as our HANS members. Consistency is key in healthcare, and that is what this initiative provides. The products offered through HealthPRO are guaranteed for our members, so there will be no shortage of access to these resources. While this is beneficial to us, it is also a new endeavour for HealthPRO as this is their first time to take on a membership like the HANS model —approximately 130 members.
Perhaps most importantly, the new agreement will help long-term care facilities to spend less time on the purchasing process and more time on providing high-quality care to their residents. By streamlining the procurement process and ensuring a reliable supply of wound care products, the new agreement will allow facilities to focus on what they do best: caring for their residents.
At igility Services, we make the complex simple, in healthcare. We aim to streamline processes and increase business efficiency for healthcare organizations so that less time is being spent on researching and purchasing products—HealthPRO does this all for you. This new initiative represents a major step forward for long-term care facilities in our province. For the continuing care sector, this is truly good news.