EDICOM is taking part in next week’s big UK healthcare event: the PIH Show. The event is being held on September 28 at the Olympia in London from 9 in the morning. Around 4000 professionals involved in the healthcare sector value chain will be attending the sessions, seeking technology solutions and responses to the NHS e-Procurement Strategy.
The initiative by the Department of Health (DoH) is the most ambitious public e-procurement project launched in Europe. The aim is for business relations between all NHS trusts and their suppliers to become 100% electronic. Results anticipated include greater efficiency, enhanced security and an economic saving between £5000 and £8000 per bed.
Answers to NHS e-Procurement Strategy at stand 238
During our participation in the PIH Show, EDICOM will be at stand 238 to present a comprehensive solution fully adapted to the technological requirements of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy developed by the DoH. Bear in mind that stakeholders making up the UK public healthcare supply chain are facing a technological leap on three levels:
Synchronization of communications between hospitals and their service providers through an electronic data catalogue.
Exchanging orders, shipping notes and invoices electronically by means of the XML-PEPPOL standard.
Encoding of product master files with GS1 coding (GLN and GTIN) which will serve to identify and monitor the movement of goods throughout the entire NHS supply chain.
This adaptation also entails other essential requirements to ensure safety and interoperability in communications, with which technology providers must comply. EDICOM is ready for all of them:
The firm holds GS1 certification as a Datapool, which enables it to operate in the GDSN network (the one used in product data synchronization).
It is an accredited PEPPOL Access Point, so has connectivity to the NHS EDI platform.
These certificates such as GDSN Datapool and PEPPOL Access Point, coupled with strong technological capabilities, have enabled the EDICOM team to develop a complete solution for the NHS e-Procurement Strategy. The solution consists of a platform integrated with the company’s ERP, which automates communications in accordance with the standards required.
Moreover, we should add that it is a scalable solution for other B2B2G projects worldwide. EDICOM has extensive international experience in EDI initiatives with the public sector and particularly in the field of health. Notable success stories in this area include those of the Andalusian Health Service in Spain or creation of the B@M Pharma platform, which helped us become a benchmark for the pharmaceutical industry today. In fact, large laboratories such as Lilly, Bayer or Merck, among many others, now place their trust in EDICOM technology.