The eProcurement strategy: GS1 and PEPPOL standards in healthcare
Delivering better patient care through efficiency and transparency in NHS procurement
The Department of Health (DH) published its eProcurement strategy (PDF) in 2014. It set out a range of measures to enable transparency and efficiency in NHS procurement to help support patient safety.
The strategy includes a mandate that means any service or product procured by an NHS Acute Trust in England must be compliant with GS1 standards.
Compliance with these standards will enable Trusts to manage their non-pay spending through the adoption of master procurement data, automating the exchange of procurement data, and benchmarking procurement expenditure against other Trusts and healthcare providers.
What are GS1 standards?
GS1 standards provide globally unique identification of every product, person and place within the NHS. As part of the eProcurement strategy GS1 standards are used for three core enablers that will drive operational efficiencies, improved patient safety and regulatory compliance:
- Catalogue management
- Patient identification
- Location numbering
These three core enablers will underpin the three primary use cases identified by the DH
- Inventory management
- Patient safety recall
How can we help?
The eProcurement strategy affects NHS Trusts, their suppliers and solution providers. We are here to help everyone implement and benefit from GS1 standards.
We have programmes in place to help:
- All NHS Trusts who must comply with the eProcurement strategy
- All suppliers to NHS Trusts who must become GS1 compliant to continue to sell to the NHS
- All providers of solutions and applications to the NHS that will need to use GS1 standards
Or contact us for more information on how we can help.
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