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New partnership between Virtualstock and 1WorldSync™ supports increased data accuracy and compliance in healthcare

Posted by James Thirkill on Nov 27, 2018 3:53:20 PM

Virtualstock, a leading provider of digital supply chain solutions, has announced that it has signed a partnership with 1WorldSync that enables users of its product, The Edge4Health™, to access the GDSN (Global Data Synchronisation Network) directly through the platform.

The GDSN is a standard process for suppliers to exchange detailed product information, thus improving data quality, ensuring accuracy and ultimately leading to a more effective procurement process. Following the publication of the Carter report, the National Health Service (NHS) has made the use of the GDSN a priority, ensuring the adoption of data standards are in place to improve the quality of supply chain data across the NHS and therefore improving patient safety.

1WorldSync is the global leader of trusted product content solution, used by more than 25,000 brands, digital content providers and their trading communities. 1WorldSync provides direct access to the GDSN, enabling automated data validation against the NHS requirements and analysis of gaps in the data.

This exciting and innovative new partnership will enable suppliers to publish directly to the GDSN using The Edge4Health Product Information Management (PIM) functionality; ensuring compliance, improving efficiency and removing the need for suppliers to invest in a separate GDSN access point. Providers that use the platform will be reassured that they receive compliant, validated GDSN data to populate their point of demand systems as they adopt GS1 standards.

Virtualstock’s Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare and Public Sector, James Thirkill said “We know that data accuracy is key to safe and reliable healthcare delivery in the UK so we have always put data quality at the heart of The Edge4Health. This exciting partnership with 1WorldSync is the next step in our continued focus on ensuring efficiency and supporting compliance across the NHS”.

Jörg Schläfke, Executive VP of Sales EMEA and APAC at 1WorldSync said “We are delighted to be working with Virtualstock as The Edge4Health rolls out across the United Kingdom. Our GS1 GDSN-certified data pool is the industry-leading solution for implementing data synchronization with applied standards. This partnership will deliver trusted, secure and accurate content across the health service and is the only GDSN data pool with ISO 27001 security certification”.

Further information

Virtualstock’s cloud-based solution, The Edge, helps retailers meet rapidly changing consumer demands and improve the customer experience by enabling them to offer extended product ranges, more efficient systems and more flexible delivery services. The healthcare equivalent, The Edge4Health™, is delivered in partnership with NHS Shared Business Services and will enable healthcare providers to deliver efficiencies via its online catalogue and procure-to-pay solution.

About 1WorldSync

1WorldSync™ is the leading provider of product content solutions, enabling more than 25,000 global companies in over 60 countries to share authentic, trusted content with customers and consumers, empowering intelligent choices for purchases, wellness, and lifestyle decisions. Through its technology platform and expert services, 1WorldSync provides solutions that meet the diverse needs of the industry. 1WorldSync is the only product content network provider and GDSN Data Pool to achieve ISO Certification 27001. For more information, please visit