EDICOM and Dakota Healthcare sponsor the Scan4Safety event – Getting Started Workshop on 28th April in Salisbury. This workshop aims to provide health sector suppliers all the information about the NHS e-Procurement strategy, which is already underway. In fact, 2018 is the deadline set for EU member states to implement e-procurement in their public administrations.
The event starts at 9:00 on Friday 28th of April at the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. During the morning, EDICOM will give out a conference on Successful business cases around the NHS strategy.
In addition to the talks, there will also be time for suppliers to discuss their queries directly with companies specializing in technology solutions to meet this challenge. To this end, EDICOM, a PEPPOL-accredited Access Point and Data Pool certified by GS1 worldwide, will be at the event looking forward to meeting you.
NHS e-Procurement Strategy key points
The eProcurement Strategy stipulates the mandatory use of GS1 and PEPPOL international standards. The adoption of common standards worldwide, in this case GS1 and PEPPOL, will ensure interoperability among NHS suppliers and facilitate the exchange of data between their systems. GS1 standards are used for data synchronization, product coding and item location. PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) standards must be used when exchanging messages between suppliers and the NHS, i.e. for invoices, purchase orders and advance shipping notes.
One of the main challenges faced by large-scale sector suppliers concerns integrating their ERPs with the platform developed by the NHS. These companies handle vast amounts of product data every day and exchange a high volume of messages with NHS Trusts, hospitals and other health centers. Now, what they need to do is extract all these data from their internal systems, transform them into the format required and validate them prior to sending to the public sector. Automation of procedures and the removal of paper throughout the entire supply chain entails significant benefits for both the NHS and its trusts, as well as its suppliers:
NHS e-Procurement Strategy deadlines
Due to the grand scale of the project, the Department of Health (DoH) has opted for a gradual adaptation to the strategy. The next deadline is September 30th. By then, suppliers must have delivered a plan to the DoH that ensures compliance with GS1 and PEPPOL standards They will also need to have signed up to an Access Point, and assigned a GLN code and a GTIN designation to their products for each packaging level.
EDICOM, service provider certified by PEPPOL as an Access Point, has developed a data interchange solution that meets all the requirements set out by the NHS e-Procurement Strategy. It also has an e-catalogue authorized by GS1 as a Datapool. This means it is possible to centralize everything in compliance with the DoH on a single platform, enhancing efficiency and cutting economic costs.
Also, recently, EDICOM was awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) RM3784 PEPPOL Access Point Framework Agreement. For public Hospitals in UK (Trusts), the Framework Agreement is the basis for implementing the part of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy related to the PEPPOL business document exchange.
If you would like to know more about this technological leap in the UK’s National Health Service, we recommend you download our free White Paper on the NHS e-Procurement Strategy.