Consolidated shipment data can be implemented in different ways. This is partly since there are no comprehensive standards
that providers have to comply with. How does the cloud platform mytracekey HospitalDirect differ from other possible solutions for offering digital data delivery?
There are different approaches for the offer of consolidated shipment data (German: WBDL). In general, a distinction can be made between two categories:
– Individual software that, for example, extends the manufacturer’s/logistician’s ERP system with a WBDL file export function
– Cloud platforms that allow data exchange between manufacturer and hospital
With mytracekey HospitalDirect, we have developed a cloud platform that can flexibly receive and provide WBDL information in different formats. This is different from individual solutions that cannot accomplish this in this way. HospitalDirect also differs in one essential point from other cloud solutions: In our system, a clear differentiation between WBDL sender (the manufacturer) and WBDL receiver (the hospital) is possible.
How is the distinction between sender and receiver ensured?
Our platform is a system for manufacturers to which the hospital systems can be connected, but that doesn´t mean it takes over their tasks. The main difference: We do not implement the deregistration of serial numbers in the NGDA (pharmacy system). The reason for this is simple: On the one hand, the question of service differentiation does not arise if our platform is not even considered as a pharmacy system. On the other hand, the WBDL functionality is already implemented in the common hospital ERP systems – it is therefore sufficient to provide the data in the correct format. By using our WBDL service, the responsibilities between hospitals and manufacturers do not shift, they remain the same as before.
For whom is HospitalDirect the right solution?
If you are a manufacturer and want to provide WBDL information to many hospitals and (like us) are of the opinion that the jury is still out regarding the technical implementation, you will find tracekey to be the right partner to be able to work with low effort in the medium term. As the leading German provider of a serialization platform, we have a lot of experience with the integration of systems and partners from production and supply chain. We do not know how the digital data delivery will develop in the next three years, but we know that we provide practical and easy to maintain implementations, also in the context of validation (feel free to ask our customers!).