Revealing fields of action
GS1 Healthcare Metrics Switzerland measures the degree of digitalisation in the procurement of the Swiss healthcare industry and makes it visible.
Based on the data collected, an exchange of market participants in the Swiss healthcare industry is to take place and possible fields of action are to be defined in order to ultimately enable an increase in the degree of digitalisation.
The project was initiated by GS1 Switzerland. The professional organisation is supported by its specialist group Supply Chain Management Consumables, Medical Devices and Objects (FG SCM VMO), which is made up of about 20 representatives of well-known companies in the Swiss healthcare industry.
The first survey to measure the degree of digitalisation took place within the SCM VMO specialist group in mid-2020.
The second survey is intended to represent the entire market in Switzerland to the extent possible. The aim is to carry out annual measurements and analyses so that a development can be tracked.
You too can support our project! By completing the survey, you will help to make the level of digitalisation in the procurement of the Swiss healthcare industry more visible.
Background of the idea
The specialist group Supply Chain Management Consumables, Medical Devices and Objects (FG SCM VMO) promotes the acceptance and implementation of the principles of digitalisation in the industry, which were developed by the former specialist group Procurement in Healthcare: common semantics, common standards and interoperability.
GS1 Switzerland, as an independent organisation, also promotes digitalisation. In line with this strategic orientation, a number of basic documents with a focus on healthcare have been developed and made available to market participants.
Increasing the level of digitalisation is associated with complex and multi-layered recommendations for action. Measuring progress is indispensable in this context. The positive development of the degree of digitalisation is intended to be shown in periodically recurring surveys. In addition to communicating the figures, the derivation and possible fields of action are also expected to be described, which will enable the market participants to continue developing. Thanks to the regular data collection, the development of the degree of digitalisation can be tracked.
The survey, which is carried out periodically, measures the degree of digitalisation of the market participants in the field of healthcare logistics within Switzerland, subdivided according to various criteria such as master data exchange, transmission of transaction data and connections with service providers.
The results of the survey are processed and communicated by GS1 Switzerland. The measurement of progress also serves to review the strategy and goals of the SCM VMO specialist group to increase digitalisation. The actions defined in the committees of GS1 Switzerland (Healthcare Advisory Board and FG SCM VMO) and in the healthcare industry are intended to have a lasting positive effects on the results.
The survey is divided into several sub-areas such as master data exchange, transmission of transaction data and connections with service providers. The evaluation of these sub-areas is used to review the work. Direct action can be initiated through the detailed evaluation.
In addition to the figures, both the descriptions of the results and the action taken are communicated.
Surveys and evaluation
The most important coordinates of the survey:
Buyers: all hospitals in Switzerland (excluding hospital pharmacies)
Sellers: all medical device providers in Switzerland
Service providers: all service providers, intermediaries and clearing houses operating in Switzerland
Intervals - survey & evaluation : annually
There are no restrictions. The measurement includes all purchase orders from central purchasing.
Only the purchase orders are measured, not the individual purchase order items. Vendors measure purchase orders from hospitals.
The degree of digitalisation is shown as a percentage in the evaluation. The data entry is also a percentage.
No individual or company names are shown in the evaluations. All data is held in trust by GS1 Switzerland and is not passed on to third parties.
- B. Braun Medical AG
- Cosanum AG
- IVF Hartmann AG
- Johnson & Johnson AG
- Medartis AG
- Medtronic (Switzerland) AG
- Mölnlycke Health Care AG
- Hirslanden AG
- Insel Gruppe AG
- Cantonal Hospital Graubünden
- Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen
- Cantonal Hospital Winterthur
- Lucerne Cantonal Hospital
- Solothurn Hospitals
- University Hospital Basel
- University Hospital Zurich