United Kingdom pharmacists communicate electronically with colleagues, wholesalers and industry

London 31 March 1999 The dynamic Health Information Services Division of National Data Corporation has launched an innovative networking solution, which will be available to all retail pharmacies in the United Kingdom. The NDC Network Manager enables retail pharmacies to electronically communicate with other pharmacy locations and industry groups, receive current drug tariff and industry information, and obtain software updates over a private network. This solution also allows wholesalers to provide current pricing information to their customers. The initial roll-out will be to selected sites.

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The dynamic Health Information Services Division of National Data Corporation has launched an innovative networking solution, which will be available to all retail pharmacies in the United Kingdom. The NDC Network Manager enables retail pharmacies to electronically communicate with other pharmacy locations and industry groups, receive current drug tariff and industry information, and obtain software updates over a private network. This solution also allows wholesalers to provide current pricing information to their customers. The initial roll-out will be to selected sites.

To enable electronic communications to become a reality for the United Kingdom pharmacy industry, National Data Corporation combined technical expertise from the United Kingdom with its own experience in the U.K. pharmacy systems market and the acquired knowledge in serving 90% of the United States pharmacies with systems and services. The resulting solution is designed specifically to meet the needs of the U.K. pharmacy market.

The new NDC network will help pharmacies improve productivity, strengthen margins and successfully meet today's challenges in medicine retailing. The NDC company is strongly committed to providing solutions with real benefits for pharmacies in the U.K., according to Nancy Briggs, managing director of NDC Health Information Services Limited. National Data Corporation is a major provider of health information services as well as electronic commerce systems which add value to the customers' operations.

NDC serves pharmacies in every segment of the market, from independents over multiples to buying groups. The customers have expressed a need for this solution and the company is pleased to offer the network as a significant addition to its end-to-end solutions for pharmacies in the U.K. As one of the largest health care transaction networks throughout the world, the company has engaged itself to supplying a value-added network and services tailored to the United Kingdom health care environment, to assist the customers in being even more successful, as stated by Nancy Briggs.


Leslie Versweyveld

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