28 March 2002
Europe's biggest healthcare trust has begun electronic trading in a bid to streamline the procurement of equipment for specialist cardiac treatment.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is trading with four key suppliers on the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), a US e-commerce platform supported by suppliers such as GE Medical Systems. GHX sends orders placed on the existing Oracle system in a standardised format directly to the supplier.
The Leeds project is centred on its cardiac catheter labs. It spends £22,000 a day with suppliers.
Keith Lilley, head of procurement, said: "We're consolidating the management of our supply chain. We used to place orders a few times a day, but now have two fixed times a week.
"Because the technology of cardiac equipment moves about seven times as fast as the PC market, we're maintaining and updating catalogue information that's the same for buyers and sellers."