Archives for October 19th, 2000

ADVERTISE MEDICINES

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 October, 2000

A new piece of work on the use of medicines in this country has concluded that it might be time to advertise prescription-only drugs.The authors suggest that the public – users of medicines – are currently being left out of an important debate about what medicines should be available on prescription, partly at least through restrictions on pharmaceutical companies spreading the word about their wares.

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INSTANT ACCESS TO HEALTH INFORMATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 October, 2000

The locations of the first NHS Direct information points have been unveiled. They will be sited to enable people to get advice at handy locations such as supermarkets, airport departure lounges and university campuses.The first 100+ information kiosks of an eventual 500 promised in the NHS Plan are now rolling out, allowing those people who currently don’t have access to the internet to log on to the NHS Direct on-line website.

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ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 October, 2000

McIvor R, Humphreys P, Huang GBusiness Process Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 6 No 2

Start page: 120. No of pages: 17

Explores the enabling role of electronic commerce in changing the traditional nature of relationships between customers and their suppliers, showing how it can change the interorganizational processes at the interface between the two parties. Gives an introduction to the features of e-commerce, charting how it is a combination of technologies, applications, processes, business strategies and practices necessary to do business electronically. Presents three case studies outlining how these various e-commerce technologies have been implemented in buyer supplier environments, illustrating the benefits to organizations of effectively implementing technologies such as electronic data interchange and the Internet. Analyses the case studies in relation to: strategic purchasing decisions and their impact on small to medium-sized enterprises; the make or buy decision-making process; and supplier development strategies. Shows how e-commerce is radically changing how organizations trade, how it affects the traditional role of functions involved in the buyer-supplier relationship, how it provides an opportunity for suppliers to add value to their customer’s business, and how it enables suppliers to increase their leverage with customers.

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