NSO: what are the benefits?

Electronic ordering in healthcare via NSO became mandatory on 1st January 2021 for sending purchase orders for services and on 1st February 2020 for sending purchase orders for goods.

The need is to capture and manage orders in XML format, based on an international standard.

It is very reasonable to think that, both because of the innovative features and because of the reference to an international standard, the obligation of telematic transmission of the order will be spread to all companies in the same way as electronic invoicing.


Nodo Smistamento Ordini: Scenario

The extension of the use of electronic ordering to all sectors is already foreseen in the three-year digitisation plans of several regions, such as Emilia-Romagna; in fact the use of an international standard leads to think about a wider extension.

After the introduction of the e-Invoice, companies are much more confident in talking about XML documents and, adapting to the regulatory obligation, have been able to appreciate the advantages deriving from electronic document management.

The electronic order is essentially a further step towards the complete replacement of the analogue document with the native digital one; the process is potentially more linear, allowing for automation at both the dispatch and reception stages. Furthermore, the more computerised the data recording procedures are, the less important the physical display of the document becomes.

Nodo Smistamento Ordini: Benefits

  • Standardisation: the document is transmitted according to a standard format, i.e. the data are reported according to precise rules that cannot give rise to disputes or different interpretations.
  • Traceability: the transmission of the document is tracked by receipts and is verifiable.
  • Savings: The electronic document has a lower management cost and great possibilities for processing the data it contains. In addition, the digitisation of document management procedures makes it possible to achieve significant savings.
  • Automation: the standardisation of the structure of the electronic order allows data to be read and acquired correctly and unambiguously.
  • Uniformity: the same recipient code used for the electronic invoice can be used to receive and transmit orders and confirmations. Furthermore, the same intermediary that a company uses to manage the e-invoice can be used to manage orders from the PA in the same way.
  • Retention: the e-invoice is an electronic document, and as such is legally relevant and enforceable against third parties once it has been retained in accordance with DPCM 2013.
  • GDPR compliance: it is much easier to make an IT procedure compliant with the 2016 GDPR Regulation for any personal data contained in the document.

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