The e-Procurement Strategy, which is set to transform the British Department of Health into a fully digital entity, is now up and running. This ambitious technology initiative is aimed at NHS Trusts and their suppliers, who must adapt to the different technological changes within the deadlines scheduled in the calendar drawn up by The Department of Health.
Due to the breadth of the project, e-procurement strategy rollout is divided into different phases. The next deadline to be met is September 30, by which time suppliers must have completed the following actions:
Draw up a plan to ensure compliance with GS1 and PEPPOL standards and deliver it to the Department of Health.
Join a PEPPOL Access Point.
Assign the GLN code to suppliers and upload it to the GLN registry.
Add a GTIN designation to the products for each of the packaging levels.
Once these actions are completed, the suppliers have to comply with further specifications. One of the most important among them will be their inclusion in a GDSN-authorized e-catalogue (datapool), by March 31, 2017.
How to adapt to the e-Procurement Strategy?
Implementing the e-procurement strategy is a challenge for hospitals and suppliers. This is a wide-ranging project which affects different company departments and applications. For example, it influences commercial and logistics management through the sending and reception of purchase orders and delivery notes. The same goes for the accounts department, with e-invoicing management. In addition, incorporation of the product data e-catalogue affects purchasing departments and management of their item master file.
In this regard, it is important that providers and hospitals should opt for a technology solution that not only meets the required standards (PEPPOL and GDSN), but is also able to integrate with their own internal systems, so there is no need to make changes to the current working processes. Finally, the communications infrastructure must also be powerful, robust and able to connect with any organization or supplier.
EDICOM is ready
The EDICOM solution is certified by PEPPOL and GS1 as an Access Point and Datapool. It is also a platform integrated with the management system, scalable, international in scope and with high service availability. This makes it an ideal option.
To find out more about what is involved in this adaptation process to the technological leap by the NHS, the EDICOM team has drawn up a White Paper on the NHS e-Procurement Strategy, which you can download free of charge (available in English and Spanish).
In addition, our professionals will be at the UK’s benchmark healthcare sector event, Procurement in Healthcare (PIH), to be held on London on September 28, with the new NHS e-Procurement strategy the first item on the agenda. Interested parties may ask for a live demonstration via the contact form.