Enables healthcare trading partners to use full range of global data standards in transactions through the GHX electronic trading exchange
TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - GHX Canada has taken a significant step forward in helping enable the use of global data standards in healthcare by supporting the new electronic data standard for e-commerce transactions, EDI version ANSI X12 6020. GHX members now have the ability to send and receive standardized location and product data within a full range of transaction sets through the GHX electronic trading exchange, helping facilitate greater accuracy and efficiency in the purchase to pay process.
Since its inception in 2000, GHX has been at the forefront of advancements in e-commerce technology. EDI is one of the key formats that GHX uses for moving transactional data between its healthcare trading partners. In order to accommodate healthcare industry advancements, such as the adoption of global data standards, GHX has created a full set of maps for e-commerce purchases to support this latest electronic data standard for healthcare. These maps enable GHX members to use the full range of location and product data standards in their transactions with trading partners through the GHX Exchange. For those trading partners that are ready to transact using EDI 6020, GHX can accept and deliver all standard transactions in this format. GHX will continue to support the former EDI standard for healthcare, ANSI X12 4010, for those trading partners who choose to transact in this manner. Trading partners can submit any standard transaction to GHX in either EDI 6020 or 4010 and GHX can deliver the transaction in either the 6020 or 4010 format, depending upon each individual trading partner's preferences and capabilities.
Alberta Health Services (AHS), a province-wide, fully integrated health system, is leading the way in implementing new data standards within the Canadian healthcare community and was the first provider in Canada to send transactions in EDI 6020 via GHX. AHS has enumerated its facilities and bill-to and ship-to locations with GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) and implemented these data standards within their internal systems for use in business transactions.
"We believe the use of standardized location and product data will help drive greater efficiencies and cost savings in healthcare," said Jitendra Prasad, senior vice president of Contracting, Procurement & Supply Management (CPSM) for Alberta Health Services. "As the supplier community begins to implement GS1 GLNs and other data standards, we now have the infrastructure in place to accommodate these new data requirements in e-commerce transactions through the GHX Exchange."
"GHX Canada, is committed to leading meaningful change in the healthcare industry by serving as both a strategic partner and technology enabler," said Nils Clausen, general manager, GHX Canada. "By paving the way for greater global data standards adoption in healthcare, we are supporting our members in their quest to reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance the delivery of care."
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX), a healthcare technology and services company, helps reduce the cost of doing business in healthcare by enabling better supply chain management. GHX makes it easier for hospitals, other healthcare providers and the suppliers that do business with them to drive cost and inefficiency out of their processes. Working with GHX, the healthcare organizations that make up the GHX Global Network are on track to save $5 billion by 2014—savings that can be invested in such things as hiring more nurses, providing care to uninsured children or developing new medical products. GHX is owned by organizations on both the buy and sell side of the healthcare supply chain, including some of the largest companies in the world. Find GHX on the Web, on Twitter @GHX_LLC and on Facebook @GHX.
SOURCE: GHX Canada
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