The material master data catalogue in large hospitals may well exceed 50'000 articles required at one or another location for patient diagnosis and treatment. Most hospitals use a commercial material management IT system to deal with orders, eProcurement, incoming goods, warehouse management, internal commissioning and distribution. An analysis in three Swiss hospitals (including a hospital chain) demonstrated however, that despite existing standards maintenance of the material master data catalogue is often done manually based on different incoming formats such as csv, mail etc. We present components, which may enable seamless master data update using standardized formats and discuss in detail current barriers within hospital supply to give finally recommendations how to overcome them.
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