Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has ordered the first medical supplies for use in the NHS using the pan-European public procurement on-line messaging standard (PEPPOL).
Derby is a ‘Scan4Safety’ trust – one of six NHS acute trusts that is a demonstration of technology site for the implementation of the NHS e-procurement strategy.
It transmitted its first purchase order and invoice with healthcare supplier, B Braun Medical, using Healthlogistics and Global Healthcare Exchange UK (GHX) as certified PEPPOL access points.
The purchase order was for a ‘Plasmacup Fixation Screw’ from B Braun, which is used in hip replacement operations. The transaction marks an important step in the delivery of the government’s NHS e-procurement strategy, designed to deliver efficiencies and cost savings, reduce errors and help enable improved patient outcomes.
“We see this mechanism delivering great efficiencies throughout our Trust supply chain process, which all of our suppliers can benefit from, and will help us achieve our Scan4Safety goal of exchanging 60 per cent of purchases orders and invoices via PEPPOL” said James Mayne, GS1, PEPPOL and e-procurement manager at Derby Teaching Hospitals.