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Catalan Healthcare Institute (ICS) to require its suppliers to use an e-catalogue linked to the GDSN network

09/05/2018

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Nowadays, one of the main objectives of logistics and commerce is immediacy. Suppliers, manufacturers and distributors are turning their backs on the use of traditional catalogues in favour of product data synchronization through the GDSN network. This is because, whereas catalogues needed to be constantly updated to modify the information of the articles or add new references, e-synchronization makes the process automatic and immediate.

This is especially important in the healthcare sector, due to the wide variety of products and stakeholders taking part in the business cycle. In this sense, the Institut Català de Salut (ICS) will be the first to begin requiring suppliers awarded their tenders to use an e-catalogue to publish and synchronize their product information. These successful bidders will have a 30-day deadline from the date of resolution of the award to incorporate the information into an electronic catalogue.

Synchronizing product data with the ICS smoothly with the EDICOMData catalogue

If you already have an EDICOM solution to exchange your invoices or orders electronically, complying with this obligation is very simple. To work with the ICS, EDICOM deploys its EDICOMData electronic catalogue, interoperable with AECOC DATA or any Data Pool connected to the GS1 International GDSN network.

This means that through the EDICOM Platform (with which you are probably already managing your EDI communications and issuing e-invoices) you can also implement your product data synchronization with the ICS. Transparently, immediately and with the service levels that you already know and with no need to incorporate new providers for this requirement.

EDICOMData not only allows synchronization of product masters with the ICS. Being a standard and interoperable solution, it enables you to extend your e-catalogue projects to any client or supplier with whom you need to align your article masters, through specific options ranging from manually uploading information via data editing screens to sophisticated integration processes with your management systems that fully automate these tasks.

With the incorporation of an electronic solution for product databases, the procurement process cycle with the ICS is completely digitized, as they also require the electronic exchange of orders (ORDERS), order response messages (ORDRSP), electronic despatch advices (DESADV) and receipt of goods acknowledgements (RECADV).

How does data synchronization work in the GDSN network?

An electronic catalogue is used for the exchange and synchronization of structured information between approved catalogues. This electronic exchange takes place through the GDSN world network, which sets up processes and rules for product data synchronization between catalogues or “Data Pools” worldwide interlinked through the Global Data Synchronization Network.

To operate as a publisher or subscriber of product data through GDSN, it is necessary to have a Data Pool approved by GS1 such as EDICOMData.

EDICOMData likewise lets you develop personalized product information synchronization projects, tailored to the specific needs of publishing and subscribing businesses.

--> Find out further details about EDICOMData here.

How to synchronize product data reliably in the healthcare sector through GDSN

To improve their internal and external processes, healthcare sector companies adopt EDI workflows that allow them to automate and manage all their information in an agile and error-free manner. Through EDI, all actors in the supply chain speak the same language and transmit information through secure and instantaneous platforms, directly connected to their ERPs.

Implementing global standards and synchronization of product data is key to ensuring that information is transferred updated and instantly, benefiting all those involved in the supply chain. Electronic catalogues are a tool that enhances security guarantees and management efficiency in the healthcare sector, which should be a priority when patients’ health is at stake.

Hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, suppliers of sanitary material, among others, share updated information in real-time through the technologies associated with product data synchronization, resulting in improved efficiency and quality of care.

Global EDI solutions for e-invoicing and tax compliance

The growth of dematerialization is gradually spreading throughout the European Union, in both B2B and B2G areas. Within this modernization process, the healthcare sector deserves special attention, as in view of its complexity and international weight, the implementation of EDI technology in healthcare is a challenge.

The healthcare sector is one of the most advanced in digital transformation towards automatic electronic processes in the European region. Some countries such as the United Kingdom and Italy are involved in projects that require the use of electronic processes to exchange invoices, orders and product data.

In the current scenario, it is essential to have an international provider able to supply global solutions suitable for international data synchronization project or e-invoicing and electronic VAT. The progress of digitalization in these issues can bring important challenges globally for companies in the healthcare sector. The automation of communications and optimization of time and human resources will provide companies in the sector with more facilities to devote their efforts to what is really important in their business: innovation in health and people.

To this end, EDICOM provides its clients a secure and international platform that guarantees connectivity between companies and institutions and which automates the processes of reception, generation, sending and integration of invoices, as well as any other business document.

Get further information on healthcare sector EDI solutions from EDICOM.

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