The Edge4Health chosen by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Virtualstock chosen by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


The way the NHS is purchasing goods and services is changing. A number of NHS organisations have selected The Edge4HealthTM as their new and intuitive online eMarketplace.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICH), as part of the Shelford Group, is the latest in a line of prestigious Trusts that have chosen to implement the platform. The Shelford Group is a collection of Trusts comprised of England’s leading NHS multi-specialty academic healthcare organisations, and is in the middle of its roll-out programme of The Edge4Health. The adoption of the platform from this group of Trusts highlights the rapid adoption and future scope of this change. The Edge4Health provides a comprehensive, online, end-to-end PIM2PayTM platform delivering a solution that spans the entire product life-cycle – from product information management (PIM) to payment (eInvoice). The platform is designed to meet exacting healthcare & GS1 eCommerce standards, including a consumer-style experience to accelerate the pace of adoption. Built upon agile, disruptive, cloud-based technology, its ‘responsive design’ enables full functionality to be delivered online, to device and mobile, supporting and improving productivity at the front-line of the NHS for both Trusts and suppliers. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust selected the platform so it could manage all products in one location, thus providing a holistic view of its suppliers’ product ranges, catalogues and prices. “We reviewed the whole market and felt The Edge4Health offered the best solution for procurement staff to manage price variation, contract compliance and improve efficiency. As part of the Carter review we have been set a target to ensure 80% of spend is captured via a catalogue solution. With The Edge4Health, we believe we can maintain and exceed our current % spend on catalogue. With over 350+ suppliers already loaded onto the platform we have access to current and new suppliers in one easy to manage location.” Denis Kelliher – Head of Procurement – Imperial College Hospital. The platform will also offer suppliers to the NHS a single marketplace to display rich product data such as specifications, images, videos, articles and importantly matching their attributes to the Department of Health’s Global Data Source requirements. A single place to manage price files and contracts will also offer suppliers an enhanced channel of communication directly into the NHS buying and sourcing teams. “The Edge4Health is in a great position to help both providers and suppliers improve the end to end supply chain, in a quest to create the perfect order and reduce inefficiencies and waste for all parties. The online marketplace supports the drive to increase consolidated procurement and improve compliance.” James Thirkill – Vice President & GM, Healthcare and Public Sector, Virtualstock