The Province of B.C. has partnered with the Digital Technology Supercluster and the Business Council of British Columbia to create an online platform to co-ordinate, source and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial health authorities to support front-line health workers fighting COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Supply Hub provides a single point of entry to triage and prioritize the thousands of offers and donations for essential supplies from business and other organizations since the onset of the COVID-19 response.
By assessing the credentials and quality of submissions, the Supply Hub is designed to support healthcare system employees who are working around the clock to secure the much needed supplies.
Developed by Vancouver’s Traction on Demand and built on the Salesforce platform, the COVID-19 Supply Hub will make the types and specifications of critical supplies needed publicly available. From there, proposals can be quickly and efficiently managed and evaluated, so the right products get to the right workers on the front lines as efficiently as possible.
The made-in-B.C. COVID-19 Supply Hub came together in just under a week and is the type of accelerated collaboration that Canada needs to ensure the health and safety of all Canadians at this time.
Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster, said, “From concept to actualization within one week, the supply hub is illustrative of the Supercluster’s ability to harness our community’s power of collaboration. We are moving at an unprecedented pace to meet the demands of this pandemic, with innovative solutions. The supply hub will make a difference and address critical needs.”
Companies looking to offer support or supplies through the COVID-19 Supplier Hub can access it online at www.gov.bc.ca/supplyhub.