The NHS e-Procurement Strategy publishes a user’s guide on Dispatch Advice
The development of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy promoted by the UK Department of Health for the National Health Service continues apace. The strategic plan, involving all NHS organizations and their providers, is moving forward across all areas to come in on schedule and comply with its goals.
One new feature in the EDI-based commercial message interchange area is the publication of dispatch advice (DESADV in the EDIFACT standard) specifications. However, the implementation of this message within the NHS is voluntary, it has not been introduced as mandatory.
With DESADV messages, the supply chain moves ahead in the goal of completing all phases and establishing global e-procurement right across the supply chain. This is a natural step for optimum information sharing and one that NHS providers, already operating with the EDI system, can implement with ease. The dispatch of e-invoices (INVOIC) and purchase orders (ORDERS) has been established so far.
Prepped to implement the DESADV message
EDICOM offers a solution that guarantees full requirement compliance: we are an accredited PEPPOL access point, we have a GS1 authorized e-catalog, and we provide EDI message automation and integration services in ERPs. As a specialist EDI provider, we can automate any message in the required format and using the communications needed in each case. We have flexible, scalable solutions that adapt to the customer’s needs and, in this specific case, to NHS requirements.