REACH Innovation-Based Procurement Workshop

Innovation-Based Procurement Workshop

February 23, 2017

Innovation Procurement (IP) programs have been developed to help alleviate funding barriers to adoption of innovation. OCE IP programs brokers the engagement between public sector and the private sector-mostly SMEs. 

On February 23, 2017, more than 100 participants from publicly funded health care organizations, joined the OCE Innovation-Based Procurement workshop to hear more about the REACH (Resources for Evaluating, Adopting and Capitalizing on Innovative Healthcare Technology)Program, early market engagement and innovation procurement.  A number of health care organizations presented case studies on:

  • How they developed a problem statement
  • How they selected process methodologies
  • Lessons learned on best practices to implement the processes and how projects of this nature may pivot and require alternative methodologies to adopt 

"The REACH Program supports Ontario’s publicly-funded healthcare organizations as they ramp up deployment of innovation-based procurement methodologies. By doing so, they will be better positioned to effectively identify and procure innovative technology products and services that drive better patient outcomes and long-term value for money for all of us as users of the provincial healthcare system.Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence

"I really enjoyed the material that was provided. I thought it was fabulous of OCE to provide the names and roles of all the people participating, which lets us know who the movers-and-shakers are - and I enjoyed the time spent networking with others and hearing about their challenges/success in procurement innovation to date." - Innovation-Based Procurement Workshop Survey Respondent 

Launched earlier this year, continuing on the efforts of the Health Technology Exchange (HTX), the REACH Program supports Ontario health care provider organizations to utilize innovation-based procurement methodologies to more effectively identify and procure innovative health care technology products and services.   

The identification and procurement of innovative technology products and services by the health care sector has potential to improve the quality of patient care and create long-term value for money.  It also stimulates innovation within the economy by enabling the market to respond to current and future public service needs. When purchasing organizations are procuring products, it has been common practice to issue public tenders based on detailed product specifications and financial terms.  However, overly-detailed specifications often restrict the solutions that vendors propose, and which vendors qualify, resulting in only incremental improvements rather than step-change innovation.

There is a growing awareness within the innovation system of the important role that governments can play as consumers and first adopters of innovation. OCE has taken a leadership role in designing and implementing programs supporting public sector innovation adoption, notably in the areas of education and health care.

Since 2014, OCE has offered a number of strategic initiatives that foster collaborations between public sector providers and industry to meet system-wide challenges.  OCE is currently delivering ~$60M program portfolio ((1) AdvancingHealth, (2) AdvancingEducation, (3) Health Technologies Fund (4) REACH Program, and, (5) Small Business Innovation Challenge) to stimulate and facilitate the co-development, adoption, and procurement of innovative, Ontario-made technologies by the Broader Public Sector (BPS)

The benefits of government procurement flow to both businesses and the general public. Ontario businesses acquire valuable customers on their home turf, a chance to validate their products and grow their businesses, and the credibility needed to compete in a global market.

OCE is accepting applications for the REACH program until March 20, 2017.

You can find more information on the REACH program on the program page and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.


REACH Innovation-Based Workshop Booklet
REACH Program Overview

Jennifer Moles, Innovation Procurement Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Opportunities and Impact of Innovation Procurement in Ontario

Renata Axler, Research Associate, World Health Innovation Network (WIN), University of Windsor

Mackenzie Health, Case Study #1

Alisha Thawer, Project Lead, Information, Communication, Automation & Technology, Mackenzie Health
Gilles Fourchet, Manager, Privacy & Information Security, Mackenzie Health