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The Edge4Health

What is The Edge4Health?

The Edge4Health™ is a partnership between NHS Shared Business Services and technology company Virtualstock. The cloud-based platform connects NHS organisations with suppliers to improve efficiency, drive savings and heighten compliance. It includes a consumer-style business eMarketplace, online catalogue management, and procure-to-pay (P2P) functionality. The platform is GS1 and PEPPOL certified.

When and how is TheEdge4Health rolling out?

The Edge4Health is now live and running at one pilot site - Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. We are continuing to work closely with our colleagues at Portsmouth to support uploading of supplier catalogues to the platform - a necessary step to ensure that all of the products currently purchased in the trust are available through The Edge4Health. This process also allows for data to be cleansed and product information, pricing, and contract validity to be authenticated by the local buying teams.

Following the success of the pilot site, we have recently started conversations with a number of early adopter clients with a view to getting them live on The Edge4Health in the coming months. Our early adopter clients cover different types of NHS organisations and back-office set ups, and will allow implementation and success of the platform to be validated across all of these areas.

Our Supplier Partnership Team is working hard to support onboarding of suppliers to The Edge4Health. Currently, they are working closely with Portsmouth and early adopter clients to bring suppliers on board, as well as working with large-scale suppliers who have relationships with multiple clients to assist their transition across to the platform. We will be holding a dedicated supplier event early next year to showcase The Edge4Health to suppliers, and to continue to develop our relationships with this important customer group.

In an effort to encourage two-way dialogue with our clients, we hold User Forums throughout the year. At these, clients have the opportunity to provide us with valuable feedback on a number of topics. Our upcoming User Forums in late November will see a session dedicated to exploring The Edge4Health, including features and benefits, and what our clients can do to ensure that they are ready to go once the wider roll-out begins.

How can I find out more?

Your client partnership executive will soon be contacting you to discuss further roll-out plans for The Edge4Health platform. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact sbs.edge4health@nhs.net

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