EDICOM coordinates GOVEIN 19 project for e-billing integration in European hospitals

Health centers will be able to improve internal and patient health management.

GOVEIN 19 is an international project whose aim is to implement the European e-invoicing standard in hospitals in Europe. The aim is to improve internal and patient health management.

Co-financed by the European Commission through the call for telecommunications proposals Connecting Europe Facility2019, EDICOM is coordinating this project. Together with the company, the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the company ASSECO Central Europe and 11 public hospitals from Belgium, Portugal, Hungary and Poland participate.

In this initiative, EDICOM is responsible for development of the legal B2G European e-invoicing platform, according to the guidelines laid down in the different regulations and technical specifications. The firm is also charged with the tasks of integrating the IT systems of each consortium member with the European B2G e-invoicing platform. Finally, Edicom is also coordinating the compatibility of rules defined in the regulations developed in the consortium and the new PEPPOL BIS 3.0 format, mandatory since January 2020.

Project challenges

Nacho Vañó, International Project Manager and head of the project from EDICOM, highlights as technical challenges “implementing the different standards defined in the consortium’s regulations (CEFACT, Cross Industry Invoice and UBL), as well as carrying out all the associated developments. Likewise, prioritizing the use of UBL for compatibility with the requirements associated with the PEPPOL platform”.

Vañó continues talking about challenges that he describes as “pedagogical”. “We had to raise awareness among the consortium participants of the advantages of implementing the integration of electronic invoices and the need to standardize the format and processes. This is due to the fact that the consortium mainly includes participants who are not familiar with the concepts related to e-invoicing and its standards. Once this awareness-raising phase has been overcome and with more active participation by providers, hospitals have rated the unification of processes and their automation very positively.”

The work of the UPV

The university focuses on monitoring the communication and dissemination tasks of the project, in order to publicize the need to create a common space for the exchange of electronic invoices, coded under common European standards that promote interoperability between different healthcare systems currently operating in Europe.

Teresa Magal is member of the Technology Research Centre and professor at the Higher Technical School of Design Engineering (ETSID-UPV). Ma noted that “This project will improve documentary and information management between the public health system and patients, a key aspect in situations such as the current one, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will streamline procedures that previously needed to be carried out in person.”