The adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL standards for the P2P process brings about some adoption challenges for trusts and suppliers, mainly those centring around the time taken for the process to be implemented and the validation required of the data. However, there are three overarching clear benefits for all once implemented:
1. Getting it right first time means a reduced risk of error caused by manual invoicing, PO matching and transcription errors thus improving accuracy of information
2. More accurate deliveries with the use of correct delivery details from the outset, particularly critical for time or temperature sensitive products
3. Less manual intervention so valuable time is released for other tasks as well as reducing paper
The key message from all these organisations is that suppliers, trusts and organisations such as NEP need to collaborate to ensure an efficient P2P process. The adoption of PEPPOL and GS1 standards, and using resources including LocationManager, are integral to patient care.