Essentially, a supply chain network serves to connect companies with their business partners such as healthcare institutions, suppliers and logistics service providers. In the network, each party involved works according to their individual process and system specifications while all information is collected and viewed on a single interface.
Through this interface, each supply chain player is able to streamline distribution and processing of delivery notes, invoices, purchasing information, transport messages and payment advice.
It’s more than streamlining paperwork, though. When hospitals use barcode scanners for requisitions, the data is transferred directly through the network into the shared system. Suppliers then receive notifications to charge the hospital as well as automatically replace the used goods, ensuring stock is always balanced.