OPUS creates an efficient e-procurement mechanism that enables hospitals and pharmaceutical suppliers to electronically exchange contractual information, aided by the technologies of optimisation and business rules. OPUS mediation service provider will grasp the market opportunity, as this is triggered by the consumer's request, offer the participants the ability to dynamically constellate with other medical suppliers, and promote collective competition among the constellations. Appropriate settlement modelles will address the necessary contractual and/or value sharing arrangements spontaneously or dynamically. OPUS modules, entailing the various business perspectives, policies and market rules, will resolve any apparent conflict. The dynamic pricing modules will dismantle the generated product and disseminate the value among the implicated partners.
The OPUS project introduces a new framework, in order to sufficiently support the Dynamic Value Constellation form of medical supply arrangements. OPUS addresses the healthcare supply chain in a unified approach and proposes an innovative procurement environment based on optimisation algorithms. Innovation can be seen in three different aspects, namely:
3) Price clearing.
Current leading e-procurement solutions concentrate in the dynamic binding of buyer requests and seller offes. This does not fit at all with the requirements of the healthcare sector. The solution that OPUS proposes is a reverse auction optimised procedure.
1st Milestone (Month 9): Specification and design of the required infrastructure, an initial OPUS prototype & baseline report.
2nd Milestone (month 16): Delivery of initial OPUS prototype and mid term report.
3rd Milestone (month 24): Delivery of the final OPUS prototype.
4th Milestone [month 30]: OPUS dissemination and use plan.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WC2A 2AE London
BN1 9RH Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex
MC 1776 Berkeley