This document provides details of actions to improve NHS data and information as part of the NHS Procurement Development Programme, which aims to help the NHS save £1.5 billion by the financial year 2015 to 2016.
The actions are to:
- define standards to ensure NHS e-procurement systems work together
- require the adoption of standards by the NHS (GS1 coding and PEPPOL messaging standards)
- invest in technology solutions that will support e-procurement implementation by the NHS
- establish a single NHS spend analysis and price benchmarking service
The document also sets out how e-procurement can better support the NHS procurement processes that manage transactions and pricing with suppliers.