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EPOS: e-Procurement optimized system for the healthcare marketplace

Ketikidis, P., Kontogeorgis, A., Stalidis, G. and Kaggelides, K. (2010) EPOS: e-Procurement optimized system for the healthcare marketplace. International Journal of Systems Science, 41 (3). pp. 281-299. ISSN 0020-7721


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One of the goals of procurement is to establish a competitive price, while e-procurement utilises electronic commerce to identify potential sources of supply, to purchase goods and services, to exchange contractual information and to interact with suppliers. Extensive academic work has been extensively devoted to e-procurement in diverse industries. However, applying e-procurement in the healthcare sector remains unexplored. It lacks an efficient e-procurement mechanism that will enable hospitals and healthcare suppliers to electronically exchange contractual information, aided by the technologies of optimisation and business rules. The development and deployment of e-procurement requires a major effort in the coordination of complex interorganisational business process. This article presents an e-procurement optimised system (EPOS) for the healthcare marketplace, a complete methodological approach for deploying and operating such system, as piloted in public and private hospitals in three European countries (Greece, Spain and Belgium) and suppliers of healthcare items in the fourth country (Italy). The efficient e-procurement mechanism that EPOS suggests enables hospitals and pharmaceutical and medical equipment suppliers to electronically exchange contractual information.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in International Journal of Systems Science. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: e-procurement; healthcare systems; supply chain management; healthcare supply chain information systems; optimisation; business rules
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > South East European Research Centre (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email pketikidis@seerc.org
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 09:54
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:36
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207720903326878
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/00207720903326878
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43507

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