Health Sector in migration to Facturae


By January 15 next year, thousands of suppliers to the Spanish Public Administration will be required to use Facturae. The measure, which will reduce payment costs and times, concerns companies and legal persons from all productive sectors. However, it is expected that the highest number of migrations to the new electronic format will take place among suppliers of pharmaceutical products and medical services. As published a few months ago by the Cinco Días newspaper, the lion’s share of public spending goes to healthcare in all regions, except for Navarra, Madrid, Catalonia and the Balearics, where it ranks second. In the state as a whole, investment in this area amounts to 58,537,000 euros, representing 31.4 % of the total expenditure incurred by the autonomous regions. These figures give us a rough idea of the high volume of invoices issued in a key area for the Public Administration. Healthcare is currently a technologically modernized sector due, among other things, to the need to optimize a supply chain characterized by heterogeneity of both products and the stakeholders taking part in it. The need to transmit data to distributors, suppliers, manufacturers and even the Administration itself have prompted these companies to turn to systems such as EDI. For this reason, implementation of Facturae will not entail great efforts for this type of suppliers, as most of them already have large electronic data transfer platforms. Given the level of technological development of health sector companies, the migration efforts of health companies will focus on the process of connectivity with administrations, and adapting documents to the Facturae 3.2 format. Communications are the most complex issue for companies to deal with, as each public administration, and therefore each health service, may have its own entry point for the receipt of invoices. It is at this point where the need arises for a tool for direct connection to any public administration, such as the EDICOM HUB. On the opposite side, we find the public administrations, which will be the recipients of electronic invoices. Their level of technological development is much higher, which is why many autonomous communities and public organisms are currently fully engaged in the process of developing their management systems and entry points for electronic invoices in accordance with Law 25/2013. You can check out the rollout status of Facturae in the autonomous communities on our new website about billing the Spanish Public Administration. E-invoicing in the Health Sector EDICOM is a specialist in the rollout of electronic billing solutions for the health sector. Our platform is adapted to the Facturae schema required by the Spanish government, as well as to other standards used in B2B commerce for electronic invoicing worldwide, such as EDIFACT. The big health sector companies are already carrying out the process of adaptation to the new billing format and preparing their communications with the public administrations in their EDI platform developed by EDICOM. EDICOM’s experience is not limited to the B2B area, as the public sector also relies on our technical knowledge to develop robust B2G platforms that enable connections with public health sector suppliers for automatic electronic management of business relations. A good example of EDICOM’s expertise in the health sector and public administrations is the EDI platform developed for the Andalusian Health Service (SAS).