GS1 Healthcare Day 2017
Digital change in the health care industry
“The future of the health care industry is all about smart interaction between man and machine.” With these words, Werner Leodolter, CIO of KAGES and a full professor at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, opened his presentation entitled “Digital transformation in the health care industry” during the GS1 Healthcare Day 2017. According to Mr. Leodolter, the key elements are “interoperability and standardized data as a common language.” He added that “we need to collect, compare and interpret data.”
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is an excellent tool for keeping up with these ever-changing business transactions and related specifications in the healthcare industry. At the Healthcare Day 2017, Sabine Schenk, Global eCommerce project manager with B.Braun Austria, used a best practice example about the “Implementation of a fully electronic ‘order-to-cash’ process” to show how to make that happen. To her, “EDI is the foundation of any automated supply chain.”
The use of EDI allows for increased efficiency, which translates into significant savings potential in the complex world of the pharmaceutical industry. Patient safety is the number one priority. As part of the effort to reach that goal, EDI helps optimize processes and allows for paperless recording and exchange of different data, for example batch numbers and expiration dates. In addition, EDI helps reduce delivery times and allows for full traceability, among many other advantages. One of the Austrian pioneers in this area is the pharmacy wholesaler Herba Chemosan. This company relies on the EDI platform eXite® to exchange orders (ORDERS) as well as other business documents, including purchase order responses (ORDRSP), electronic despatch advices (DESADV) and invoices (INVOIC) among business partners. The EDI services provider EDITEL assisted Herba Chemosan in this process optimization project, which included the definition of consistent standards for the health care industry in a working group. EDITEL will continue to offer assistance and support for health care industry companies wishing to introduce paperless supply chain processes.
The press release Digital change in the health care industry is also available as a download.