German device companies see e-commerce as the way forward
This article was originally published in Clinica
Standardising electronic business data and procurement procedures would improve the exchange of goods and information between hospitals and manufacturers of medical devices, claims the German medical device industry association (BVMed). Speaking at a MedInform conference on E-commerce in Hamburg last week, BVMed director Joachim Schmitt stressed that dedication and patience were needed to develop an effective system. "At present E-commerce may seem simply to create additional costs, but it is an investment in the distant future," he added.