3sHealth makes significant progress towards 2025 targets by improving quality, generating cost savings

September 25, 2020

3sHealth and its Saskatchewan health-care system partners are making significant progress towards meeting 3sHealth’s two ambitious 2025 targets.

These targets are positively impacting 1.2 million lives and saving the Saskatchewan health-care system $1 billion dollars by 2025.

“In 2019-20, 3sHealth met its yearly goals when it worked with its health-system partners to positively impact 95,350 lives and save $8.7 million in net new savings for the health-care system,” says 3sHealth CEO Mark Anderson. “That is a total of 780,826 lives impacted and $421.6 million dollars saved since 2012.” 

Target 1: Positively impact 1.2 million lives


3sHealth is proud to report that it exceeded its 2019-20 target of positively impacting 90,000 lives. Shared services initiatives positively impacted 95,350 lives that year.  

Some of these initiatives include:

  • The rate that SUN and General plan members pay for their disability income plan decreased, impacting 15,448 lives positively;
  • 4,419 residents at long-term care facilities across Saskatchewan benefited from bigger, softer, gentler, and higher-quality facecloths that the health system introduced at no additional cost; and
  • 69,833 patients benefited when 3sHealth, eHealth Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority created the ability to add transcribed medical reports from Saskatchewan health-care facilities into the electronic health record viewer known as the eHR Viewer.

To date, the work 3sHealth and its health-care system partners have done has positively impacted the lives of 780,826 Saskatchewan patients.

Target 2: Save $1 billion


Improvement initiatives and close collaboration with partners helped 3sHealth generate significant cost savings for the health system, exceeding its $8 million 2019-20 target.

Efforts from provincial procurement initiatives, contract rebates, provincial linen services, and dictation and transcription services not only strengthened the quality of products and services, but also saved $8.7 million in 2019-20.

Savings are largely the result of:

3sHealth’s shared services initiatives, which began in 2012, have resulted in savings of $421.6 million as of March 31, 2020.

These efforts not only benefit patients, but they also provide better value for Saskatchewan taxpayers.


A year in review and looking to the future

3sHealth prides itself on fostering a strong culture of continuous improvement, innovation, and teamwork amongst employees and together with health system partners. The organization’s vision is to provide province-wide services that better support a high-performing and sustainable patient- and family-centred health system.

Read the full 2019-20 3sHealth Annual Report here.

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