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Session 9 – Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, Answer Guide 1. What is the difference between MSKCC’s use of Xign and its use of EDI? - EDI consists of a set of standards and the sending and receiving of documents in that standard format - the Xign system has the following additional functionality that is not part of EDI: * provision of hosted payments by a third party provider * this means that an intermediary is providing the payments rather than the hospital itself * transactions processed or stored by Xign may not be in accordance with any standard protocol, but rather use the information formats that are required by the payment hosting service provider * it seems that automatic matching of purchase order to invoice is occurring, which is not a normal function of EDI * suppliers can submit their transactions to Xign without going through the EDI conversion process or acquiring EDI software themselves 2. If you were the CIO at MSKCC, would you demand that all of your suppliers use Xign? What are the risks and opportunities associated with this approach? Could you
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Unformatted text preview: demand that all of your suppliers use Xign? Why or why not?- It would be a good strategy to insist that all vendors participate for the time- and cost-saving reasons set out in the case. - Demanding that all suppliers use Xign would work as long as the hospital had a choice among suppliers (i.e. more than one vendor supplies the same product) - If the hospital has a sole source vendor that refuses to participate, then the hospital would have no choice but to work with them on their terms if they could not locate an alternative vendor- Some vendors might be one-time vendors, or occasional vendors (e.g. a fixed asset purchase or rarely-needed maintenance). It may not be a good idea to set up all such vendors on the system, as the set up costs of the supplier data files would increase the costs of the transaction processing, and the company could end up with an excessively large vendor master file that includes vendors that may never be used again....
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