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Press release - electronic marketplace for European healthcare

07 February 2001

The complex solution, to be implemented by conextrade and medicforma, comprises an electronic procurement system for hospitals (e-procurement), an electronic marketplace for suppliers (e-marketplace) and an XML transaction system for queries, orders and delivery notes as well as in the future electronic payment (e-payment).

"Conextrade´ s proven competence in Commerce One system solutions, combined with a clear market advantage as the leading electronic marketplace in Switzerland, and project management experience in the field of business transaction systems, were the key factors behind the decision to work with conextrade," explained Olaf Lodbrok, managing director of GmbH (medicforma).

Medicforma is an electronic B2B marketplace for the procurement of pharmaceutical and medical products and hospital supplies via the Internet. As a neutral supplier of transaction services, medicforma operates in partnership with hospitals as well as manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

Conextrade operates Switzerland´s leading electronic B2B marketplace. The openness of the marketplace to various standards and the deployment of state-of-the-art technologies mean that e-procurement solutions may be implemented rapidly in any company irrespective of branch or size. Conextrade supports the entire value-added business chain both strategically and operationally. A competent partnership network allows company-wide purchasing solutions to be implemented, including the set-up and operation of portals. In addition to Swisscom, partners include Commerce One, SAP (Switzerland) and Accenture. Conextrade has direct access to the Global Trading Web, the largest B2B online trading community in the world. Many services are multilingual and available in the ASP model.

Berne, 7 February 2001


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern