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Digital procurement platform launches for healthcare providers

29 July 2021

GHX PROCURE offers hospitals and trusts more efficient supply chain management to reduce spend, wastage and free up clinical staff time for patient care.

Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) has launched its GHX Procure platform to healthcare providers in the UK. GHX Procure is a cloud-based requisition and inventory management solution which gives Integrated Care Systems, hospitals and trusts real-time visibility of their inventory and allows for automated purchasing of supplies and medical equipment. GHX Procure has been designed to help free up healthcare professionals from manual supply chain management tasks and allow them to focus on their frontline roles.

The last year has demonstrated the importance of maintaining visibility across the healthcare supply chain to allow for smooth delivery of critical care, with existing healthcare practices and supply chain processes stretched to their limits as healthcare providers sought to secure vital medical resources. Combined with tighter budget controls, heightened patient demand and new healthcare procurement regulations such as the Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 (MMDA), healthcare supply chain functions have been under more pressure than ever. With the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, having a common procurement and inventory platform which easily integrates with multiple finance systems is essential. 

GHX Procure helps give healthcare providers the control they need to overcome these challenges, allowing them to gain real-time insight into inventory levels and automating requisition processes to enable frontline healthcare professionals to focus on their clinical work rather than having to spend as much time managing requisition approvals and stock replenishments.

Perry Spender, head of procurement at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, an early GHX Procure adopter, explains: “The GHX Procure inventory system has been invaluable to our large Covid-19 vaccination programme at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) by digitising the inventory process of stock and equipment located on the premises. This has streamlined the whole process, enabling the Procurement Team to maintain and monitor the stock required accurately.

“The system is user friendly, and the reporting functions mean we can easily manage and maintain stock levels, as well as being able to ascertain the current value of the stock. The handheld Zebra scanners are ideal for using Procure portably, rather than requiring us to return to the desktop version when issuing stock. Orders can be double checked, while the system can also verify stock checks before requesting products and has the ability to trace an item back to a specific team. This is very useful – especially in the case of product recalls, which could be critical in a few cases.”

For more information, visit www.ghx.com/europe